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, AUG. 29, 2011:

CIMARRON CONSERVATION OFFICER JACKSON NAMED WILDLIFE OFFICER OF THE YEARMEETINGS WILL ADDRESS DESERT BIGHORN DELISTING PROPOSAL

CIMARRON CONSERVATION OFFICER JACKSON NAMED WILDLIFE OFFICER OF THE YEAR

Ty Jackson and bearSANTA FE – Ty Jackson, whose colleagues at the Department of Game and Fish describe as a  “complete conservation officer,” has been named New Mexico Wildlife Officer of the Year, a prestigious award sponsored by the conservation organization Shikar-Safari Club International.

Jackson, currently the district wildlife officer in Cimarron, is responsible for law enforcement and a wide variety of conservation-related duties in one of the busiest districts in the state. His territory includes much of the Northeast Area, including the Colin Neblett and Elliott Barker wildlife areas, and the Valle Vidal. His wide range of skills include trapping, horsemanship and packing, and investigations. His expertise with firearms has earned him respect as one of the Department’s top instructors.

“Ty is always someone we can count on to do anything that may come along,” said Chris Neary, chief of the Northeast Area. “His many skills, complemented by his dedication to his job and respect from the public and his peers indeed make him a complete conservation officer.”

Jackson previously worked as a district wildlife officer in Eagle Nest and Mayhill.

Shikar-Safari Club International was founded in 1952 by an international group of hunters interested in exchanging ideas about the sport. Each year, the club sponsors an award for the Wildlife Officer of the Year in all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces and the territories of both nations. Shikar-Safari is recognized worldwide for its efforts in the protection, enhancement and preservation of wildlife, and has placed particular emphasis on endangered and threatened species through the promotion of enforcement of conservation laws and regulations.

MEETINGS WILL ADDRESS DESERT BIGHORN DELISTING PROPOSAL

SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish will conduct public meetings Sept. 6 regarding the recommendation to delist desert bighorn sheep from the New Mexico threatened and endangered species list.

Desert bighorn sheep were listed as a state endangered species in 1980 when the population was estimated at fewer than 70. Today, through management efforts including releases, selective predator control and support from numerous wildlife conservation groups, the population estimate is 645, far exceeding the delisting criteria under the Wildlife Conservation Act.

The meetings:

  • 6 p.m. Sept. 6, Truth or Consequences, Civic Center Chambers, 400 W. 4th St.
  • 6 p.m. Sept. 6, Deming, Special Events Center, 2300 E. Pine St.

 

For more information about desert bighorn sheep in New Mexico, please contact biologist Elise Goldstein, (505) 476-8041 or elise.goldstein@state.nm.us.

 

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