Game Commission to review progress on Mexican Wolf

By QCS Staff

The state’s Game Commission will consider a recovery plan for two state-endangered rodents, hear status reports on the Mexican wolf reintroduction program and river otter restoration efforts, and open several regulations for prospective revisions during its meeting Friday in Santa Rosa, according to a press release.

The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Santa Rosa High School Auditorium, 717 South Third St..
Agenda meeting items include:

l A proposal to approve a recovery plan for the meadow jumping mouse and the Arizona montane vole, riparian rodents currently listed as endangered under the state Wildlife Conservation Act.

l A status report on the Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Program and the Department of Game and Fish focusing on more proactive, innovative management approaches.

l An update on plans to restore river otters to sections of the northern Rio Grande and the Gila River, and efforts to acquire otters from Oregon or other states.

l A proposal to open for public comment potential changes to small-game hunting rules, including limited hunting for lesser prairie chickens, more sandhill crane hunting opportunities, and adjustments to waterfowl hunts in areas of the Middle Rio Grande.
The full agenda, detailed agenda-item briefings, and other information are available on the Department of Game and Fish website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us or by calling (505) 476-8008.