January 9, 2015
Land Commissioner Offers $1000 Reward
Newly elected NM Commissioner of Public Lands Aubrey Dunn, a rancher, was greeted on his first day in office with a front page story about 39 coyotes dumped on state trust land on Las Cruces’ west mesa. The coyotes were the victims of a killing contest held the weekend before Christmas. Dunn has responded by offering a $1000 reward of his own money for information about the person or group responsible for dumping the animals (but not for killing them–wildlife killing contests are legal in New Mexico, but dumping on state trust land is not!). A Las Cruces group called New Mexico Desert Dogs has admitted holding the contest, but claims that a “private party” dumped the carcasses.
Las Cruces Sun-News Editorial Gets it Right
Kudos to the Las Cruces Sun-News for adding its voice to those calling for legislation to ban wildlife killing contests in New Mexico. In an editorial published in yesterday’s paper, the editors wrote: “When that lack of protection [for coyotes] leads to senseless slaughter, as was seen last week, it’s time to consider changing the law.” The Sun-News joins with New Mexico’s other two major newspapers, the Albuquerque Journal and Santa Fe New Mexican, which have previously editorialized for an end to killing contests.
Slot Canyons and Waterfalls of New Mexico—Feb. 10
We’ve got a great line up of Second Tuesday monthly programs lined up at SWEC for 2015, starting with a slideshow/talk by Doug Scott on the slot canyons and waterfalls of New Mexico, on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 7 pm. Doug has been adventuring in New Mexico since the 1970s (he was the first commercial whitewater outfitter in NM) and has published several books on New Mexico waterfalls, which will be available for purchase and signing. You won’t want to miss this talk!