Desert Bighorn Public Meeting Planned for Mid-April

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The Department of Game and Fish will present information on desert bighorn sheep and identify individuals to serve on the Recovery Plan Advisory Committee at a series of public information meetings scheduled in April. Desert bighorn sheep are endangered in New Mexico. All meetings begin at 7 p.m. at the following locations:

April 14 at the Northeast Area Game and Fish Office, 3841 Midway Place NE, Albuquerque;

April 15 in the James H. Baxter Civic Center, 313 E. Fourth St., Lordsburg;

April 16 in the Seminar Room, Student Memorial Building, Western New Mexico University, Silver City;

April 17 at the Southeast Area Game and Fish Office, 566 N. Telshor Blvd., Las Cruces.

The recovery plan will include management strategies to restore a viable and self-sustaining population of desert bighorn sheep in New Mexico. The main focus of the Advisory Committee will be continued revision of the recovery plan.

Participants at previous public information meetings provided recommendations on desert bighorn management and assisted in revising the Desert Bighorn Long-Range Management Plan. This plan has been modified to conform to recovery plan requirements.

Participants should come with suggestions for modifying the current draft of the recovery plan, available at www.gmfsh.state.nm.us. For more information or to volunteer to serve on the desert bighorn advisory committee, contact Elise Goldstein, bighorn sheep biologist, at (505) 476-8041.