New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004
Public contact: (505) 476-8000
dan.williams@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, APRIL 10, 2007:

IS YOUR PET IGUANA LEGAL?
FIND OUT AT MEETINGS ADDRESSING NON-DOMESTIC ANIMAL POSSESSION

SANTA FE -- Is your iguana, boa or sugar glider a legal immigrant in New Mexico ? Does your pet have the proper papers to prevent authorities from taking it away?

New Mexico pet shop owners and others who possess, import or sell non-domestic animals are encouraged to attend one of a series of meetings scheduled across the state to remind people about laws and rules that may apply to them. Current rules specify that any non-domestic animal must be imported through the Department of Game and Fish with a proper permit for the animal to be legally possessed in the state.

Find out more about the rules, why they are important, and how they may affect you and others by attending one of the following meetings:

For more information about the meetings, please contact Rhonda Holderman, (505) 476-8064 or rhonda.holderman@state.nm.us .

'NEW MEXICO WILDLIFE' HIGHLIGHTS WARMWATER HATCHERY, TURKEYS AND TROUT

SANTA FE -- New Mexico's first warmwater fish hatchery is taking shape in Santa Rosa this spring while across the state, hunters and anglers are exploring traditional and new opportunities to pursue wild turkeys and Gila trout. These stories and more are featured in the spring 2007 edition of New Mexico Wildlife, the Department of Game and Fish publication that will be inserted this week in newspapers statewide.

The spring cover story takes a look at the state's first warmwater fish hatchery currently under construction at the existing Rock Lake Fish Hatchery in Santa Rosa. The first phase of the $8 million hatchery is scheduled to be completed in May, with the first fish expected to occupy the ponds in June or July. Phase 2, which will include another seven one-acre ponds, four smaller ponds, a hatchery building and an educational center, is scheduled to be completed sometime in 2008.

Readers also will find stories about spring turkey hunting; upcoming opportunities to fish for recently downlisted Gila trout; how to teaching children to fish; and the growing sport of carp angling.

About 330,000 copies of New Mexico Wildlife will be inserted this week in the home editions of 31 newspapers statewide. Copies also will be available at Department of Game and Fish offices in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Raton, Roswell and Las Cruces, and at many New Mexico State Parks.

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