In wildness is the preservation of the world.   -      Henry David Thoreau    
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"Bears are not companions of men, but children of God, and  his charity is broad enough for both... We seek to establish a narrow line between ourselves and the feathery zeros we dare to call angels, but ask a partition barrier of infinite width to show the rest of creation its proper place. Yet bears are made of the same dust as we, and breathe the same winds and drink of the same waters. A bear's days are warmed by the same sun, his dwellings are overdomed by the same blue sky, and his life turns and ebbs with heart-pulsings like ours and was poured from the same fountain....." 
- John Muir 

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Current numbers for bears killed in 2013

New Mexico:  716 out of a population of approximately 5000.
Colorado: 1080 out of a population of approximately 12,000.
Utah: 288 out of a population of approximately 2700.
Arizona: 321 out of a population of about 3000
(most recent numbers for Arizona are from 2011) 
***Data supplied by each state game management official source.
450 lbs. 6 years old:  Killed by poachers
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New Mexico Bears are in Trouble!
And you can help....

New Mexico has increased it's bear kill numbers by 300%.  New Mexico allows for the legal killing of a baby 12 month old cub!  New Mexico has no wanton waste laws for bear: a bear can be killed and left to rot, and this state also has the lowest average age at death in the nation.  

 This must be stopped, here is how you can help: 

  • Call your local state representative:  at 
  • email the governor at:
  • Contact the Game Commission at:

Another Example of why we should have an elected Game Commission.....

 FEB. 17, 2014:

Chairman resigns from State Game Commission
   SANTA FE – Scott Bidegain, chairman of the New Mexico Game Commission, tendered his resignation from the commission over the weekend. Bidegain represents Game Commission District 4.
   In his resignation letter, Bidegain stated: “I am honored to have served on the commission and as its chair. Unfortunately, I was present during a hunting incident earlier this month that will result in charges being filed shortly. I believe that it is in the best interest of the Commission and the Department that I step down at this time. I think you should be proud to know that throughout this incident, the officers at the Department acted honorably and professionally.”  
   Department conservation officers diligently pursue all wildlife violations in their efforts to protect and conserve the state’s wildlife. Department officers filed a misdemeanor charge in Quay County Magistrate Court today against Bidegain alleging he was an accessory to the unlawful killing of a cougar.
   Vice Chairman Thomas “Dickie” Salopek will lead the commission following Bidegain’s resignation. 

DATELINE: September, 2015
Despite  outrage by the vast majority of New Mexico's population, including sportsmen, hunters, conservationists and scientists over yet another increase in bear kill limits, the Game Commission once again turned their back on the citizens they are appointed to represent and showed that input from outside the Department of Game and Fish is not welcome or taken into account.   They are no more than a rubber stamp for the hunter guides and political powers inside the NMDGF.  
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish: 505-476-8000

N.M. Game Commission Chairman Paul Kienzle the III, lawyer from Illinois:

Cattle rancher Bob Ricklefs: 575-376-1123
Trophy Hunter Ralph Ramos: 575-526-1314
Oil Company Lawyer and Safari Club Member Liz Ryan: 575-291-7606
Safari Club member Robert Espinoza: 505-324-8208
Former Director of the NMDGF, Bill Montoya: 575-336-2533
Farmer,  Dick Salopek: 575-526-5946

Governor's Office: 505-476-2200