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Back in 2018, the U.S. Geological Survey and several Western states formed the Corridor Mapping Team, a first-of-its-kind collaboration among state and federal wildlife biologists to map ungulate migrations.

Last week, the team published its first volume of maps, which document more than 40 big-game migration routes in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

As humans around the world have limited their movement during the coronavirus pandemic, some animals appear to be changing their behavior. Biologist Christian Rutz may have seen one small example for himself.

Typically, grizzly bears give birth to single or twin cubs. But Grizzly 399 is not a typical bear. She's given birth to multiple sets of triplets. And this spring, the Yellowstone region's most famous bear showed up in Grand Teton National Park with four cubs by her side.

A National Wildlife Federation report published this week says new oil and gas leases on public lands could harm existing hunting economies in the West.


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Farming and ranching generate nearly half of the agricultural and food processing industry’s revenue in New Mexico - about 4 billion dollars a year. A program that aims to help farmers and ranchers boost crop numbers and protect habitats for wildlife is getting an update. Now, the public can weigh in. 

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Wilderness boundaries and some protections for at-risk animals and rivers are determined by National Forest management plans. Three forests in New Mexico have plans that are due for an update and the Forest Service is taking public comment on proposed changes.

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UPDATE 8/16: The EPA has withdrawn the decision to allow M-44's for wildlife control, according to NMPoliticalReport.com, saying the issue warrants further analysis. 

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Officers from 18 Native American law enforcement agencies from across the country met at the Santa Ana Star Casino last month to do a week-long training. It's designed for conservation officers who do things like police remote areas and protect wildlife.

Roadways Could Be Safer For Wildlife, Drivers

Apr 1, 2019
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Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the Wildlife Corridors Act into law last week, which could give wild animals more options to stay off of highways and roads in New Mexico.

The public can now weigh in on whether to ban controversial ‘cyanide bombs’ that federal officials use for wildlife control.

Advocates Call For More Endangered Wolf Releases

Jul 12, 2018
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There are only 114 Mexican gray wolves in the wild in the U.S. and conservationists say inbreeeding is stifling their survival. Activist groups want the federal government to release more captive adult wolves into the wild.

Wildlife Rescue

Jun 26, 2017
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7/1 9a: This edition of The Children's Hour featured friends from Wildlife Rescue Inc. New Mexico, along with 5 baby bunnies, 2 baby squirrels and a barn owl. They taught us about when and how to intervene to help wild animals in trouble.  With great music, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, a family events calendar and so much more. The full show is available for streaming at the link until July 15, 2017 at 9am. 

Trump's Border Wall Proposal Faces Lawsuit

Apr 17, 2017
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The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit against President Trump’s administration last week targeting a plan to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. The group is calling for the federal government to investigate the wall’s environmental impacts. 

Every Kid In A Park

Jul 28, 2016
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The Children's Hour crew explored the "Every Kid in a Park" initiative, where every 4th grader in America can get a free family pass to all national parks, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, and historical sites. Also, we found out what the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival offers for kids. Great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, and so much more. This show was recorded live at KUNM on July 30, 2016.

Commission Expands Hunting Of Bears And Cougars

Aug 26, 2015
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UPDATED 8/28: The state Game Commission has voted unanimously to approve the expansion of cougar and bear hunting in New Mexico.

The vote came Thursday during a meeting in Santa Fe that was attended by dozens of wildlife advocates who voiced concerns about the proposal.

The new rules will allow for more black bear hunting in all but two of the state's game management districts as well as the doubling of cougar hunting limits. The trapping and snaring of cougars on private land and state trust land will also be allowed without special permits.

The Game and Fish Department says new population data warranted an update of the hunting limits.

Critics argued that the department's plan wasn't based on science and that more hunting will have negative long-term effects on animal populations.

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The State Game Commission is considering several controversial new rules, including one that would allow hunters to kill 25 percent more bears in New Mexico. Wildlife conservation advocates are planning to protest at the commission meeting on Thursday in Santa Fe. At issue is how to interpret the state’s bear density study.  

Valle de Oro's Birthday Party

Sep 18, 2014
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Sat. 9/20, 9a:  The Valle de Oro is a National Wildlife Refuge located in Albuquerque, at the site of the former Price's Dairy. This magical place is home to New Mexico's wild wonders, including turtles, roadrunners, coyotes, porcupines, and many more critters and special plants.  

We'll also explain the science of autumn, and celebrate a very special Santa Fe author's birthday.  

Group concerned about NM bear management

Jun 20, 2012

Conservationists are accusing state wildlife managers of trying to eliminate the black bear population in the mountains that border Albuquerque.

Sandia Mountain BearWatch contends state Game and Fish Department logs show the agency has trapped and either removed or killed 49 bears between 2010 and 2011.

The group accuses the agency of trying to remove the animals to reduce the number of nuisance calls.

The agency disputes the accusations, saying the number of bears removed or killed by vehicles stands at less than 20 for the two years.