Today is Thursday, April 24, 2014rss RSS feed

Desert Bighorns May Be Removed From State Endangered Species List

Kofa Boghorn Sheep

Kofa Boghorn Sheep

New Mexico Game and Fish

New Mexico Game and Fish

SANTA FE, NM --(Ammoland.com)- Desert bighorn sheep, once one of New Mexico’s most imperiled native wildlife species, have met the requirements for removal from the state endangered species list.

The Department of Game and Fish has started an investigation into delisting the species and is accepting public comments before a proposal is submitted to the State Game Commission.

Desert bighorns were listed as endangered under the state Wildlife Conservation Act in 1980, when statewide populations of wild sheep had dropped to fewer than 70. Since then, aggressive transplanting efforts combined with cougar control have helped increase the statewide herd to more than 550 in six mountain ranges. At its current rate, the population is projected to surpass 700 by 2012.

According to the Department’s desert bighorn recovery plan, the threshold for delisting is a statewide population of 500, with at least three separate herds of 100 or more.

The Department will present its recommendation at the July 8 meeting of the State Game Commission in Silver City. The Commission is expected to make its decision Dec. 9 in Clovis following public meetings and opportunities for public comments. A report summarizing desert bighorn biological data will be available by May 21 on the Department Web site, www.wildlife.state.nm.us. A schedule of public meetings will be published on the Web site following the July 8 Commission meeting.

Public comments are welcome about the delisting proposal. Comments can be directed to Elise Goldstein, Department of Game and Fish, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504, (505) 476-8041 or elise.goldstein@state.nm.us.

Ammoland Click to read AmmoLand FTC Marital Disclosures Distributed to you by - AmmoLand.com – The Shooting Sports News source.
  • 2 User comments to “Desert Bighorns May Be Removed From State Endangered Species List”

    1. Free Range Mexico Desert Bighorn Sheep Hunt | Hunting and Fishing Consultants on June 6, 2010 at 1:46 PM said:

      [...] Desert Bighorns May Be Removed From State Endangered Species List [...]

    2. [...] is the number deemed viable by local Game and Fish officials, and so the Bighorn are currently under review to be delisted from the state’s endangered species list. The current population is estimated [...]

    Leave a Comment

    • Sign up Ammoland for your Inbox

      Daily Digest

      Monthly Newsletter

    • Recent Comments

      • TSgt B: The “Executive Director” of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence admitted during a televised...
      • Janek: This is just another way that California government interferes in lawful commerce to achieve it’s goals.
      • D. Murphy: democraps at work again, this is what they have planed for the whole country.
      • Janek: Do you ever wonder why the anti-gun cabal mostly consists of Democrats? Just asking?
      • Not An Idiot: You must think we are complete idiots. There is not an honest argument in this entire diatribe....
    • maximum
      Login with Facebook: Log In
      Powered by Sociable!
    • Facebook Activity

    • Google+ Direct Connect

    Copyright 2014 AmmoLand.com Shooting Sports News | Sitemap | Μολὼν λαβέ

    Sign up for the Ammoland Daily Digest

    * indicates required
    Daily Digest is a daily recap of Firearms industry news, 2nd Amendment politics , and product articles delivered to the inbox. Stay informed to keep your Individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
    Yes, I want the Monthly email newsletter subscription to Ammoland so I can get a single newsletter once a month on the hot new products from the Firearms Industry!
    9111728
    9618368