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NM agency: We have no authority to stop coyote trapping; wolves at risk

[large thumbnail url=”conservationists-intervene-in-frivolous-anti-mexican-gray-wolf-lawsuit” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”11″ day=”15″] [thumbnail icon url=”conservationists-intervene-in-frivolous-anti-mexican-gray-wolf-lawsuit” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”11″ day=”15″] Wolves will be at risk from leghold and body-crushing traps in New Mexico despite an executive order which prohibits the use of traps in Mexican Gray wolf recovery areas.

The head of the state Department of Game and Fish says the agency has no legal authority to prohibit coyote traps in the Mexican gray wolf recovery area in southwestern New Mexico, although setting traps for other fur-bearing animals has been banned for six months.

“There is no statutory authority for the State Game Commission or the Department of Game and Fish over trapping coyotes,” said Tod Stevenson, the department’s director. “Therefore, we don’t have the ability to tell folks what they can and cannot do around that.”

Gov. Bill Richardson issued an executive order in July prohibiting the use of leghold and body-crushing traps within the Mexican gray wolf recovery area for six months beginning Nov. 1. The order requires the Game and Fish department to study the impact of traps on the wolf population and for the Tourism Department to study the economic effects of wolf-related tourism…

Read the entire article on Santafenewmexican.com: Agency claims no authority to enforce executive order protecting Mexican gray wolf

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