SWEC: Your tax dollars at work?

November 13, 2017

Ending a secretive federal wildlife killing program in NM

Did you know that most counties in New Mexico, including Doña Ana, use tax dollars to support a secretive federal wildlife killing program? Join us for a presentation by Michelle Lute of WildEarth Guardians on Tuesday, 11/14, 7 pm at SWEC. She’ll talk about how this rogue program works and what you can do to help end it in New Mexico. Last year in New Mexico alone, the ironically-named Wildlife Services killed over 3,400 coyotes, 30 bobcats, and admitted accidentally killing nine domestic dogs and 57 foxes, including 10 imperiled swift foxes. With little accountability, Dona Ana County contributes more than $30,000 of tax dollars annually to this program. The talk is free and open to the public. For more info, contact kevin@wildmesquite.org.

Tell Congress: No boots, no beds, no border wall!

Between now and the end of the year, there will be tremendous pressure on Congress to provide funding for the administration’s border militarization agenda, including more border patrol and ICE agents, more detention facilities (run by private prison companies), and construction of the border wall, which would have a devastating impact on wildlife and habitats. In New Mexico, we are gathering petition signatures to deliver to Senators Heinrich and Udall to demonstrate the extent of public opposition to this agenda. Please add your voice by signing our border wall petition today!  If you live outside New Mexico, you can still sign—we’ll make sure your senators receive them.

Trek to Aztec Cave in the Franklin Mountains

It’s pretty certain the Aztecs never made it to the Franklin Mountains of El Paso, but there is an Aztec Cave and we’ll be going to it on this strenuous Back by Noon outing on Saturday, 12/2 led by a Franklin Mountains State Park ranger. Besides the cave, we’ll be rewarded with some impressive views of the surrounding area on this last BBN outing of the year. Contact Ashley@wildmesquite.org to register.



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