New Mexico Antelope Relocation

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The Department of Game and Fish is soliciting public input on the proposed trapping and subsequent transplanting of pronghorn antelope to several locations in southeastern New Mexico.

Pronghorn antelope numbers in and around Roswell continue to increase, resulting in growing depredation and nuisance problems. The Department has successfully trapped antelope in the past to decrease their numbers in specific areas around Roswell to lessen crop damage and to address concerns in and around subdivisions. The antelope trapped in the past were relocated to Bureau of Land Management lands on Fort Stanton near Capitan to supplement an existing herd.

In an effort to address concerns in the Roswell area, the Department plans to trap antelope this winter on private property in two or three locations. Antelope will be live-trapped by the use of drop-nets and then released on specific ranches in southeast New Mexico that also could have public land within their boundaries. The ranches selected for transplants contain excellent antelope habitat and could provide additional hunter opportunity in the future. The releases of antelope on the ranches also could result in new herds being established.

Comments or questions about the trapping or transplanting operations can be addressed to Mark Madsen, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Southeast Operations Division, 1912 W. Second St., Roswell , NM 88201 ; (505) 624-6135, or mark.madsen@state.nm.us.