Roadblocks Target Wildlife Violators

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Longer days and warm temperatures signal the arrival of spring, and with it comes the amorous call of New Mexico's wild turkeys as they begin their breeding season. It's also time for hunters to get out and do a little calling during the state's April 15-May 10 spring turkey season.

For officers with the Department of Game and Fish, springtime is time to conduct roadblocks, visit with hunters and check licenses. The roadblocks are tools commonly used by conservation officers and can occur on public roads statewide.

“This happens every year,” said Brian Gleadle, the Department's Northeast Area Supervisor. “It's not uncommon for the Department to start running roadblocks in the spring and to continue running them through the fall hunting seasons. We use them to help detect and deter game or fish violations and to gather important harvest data.”

While conducting roadblocks, Department of Game and Fish officers may be assisted by other law enforcement agencies such as the New Mexico State Police or county sheriff's departments. The assisting officers normally check drivers' licenses and vehicle registrations, and will be alert for DWI, seat belt and other violations.

If you witness a fish or wildlife violation, please contact your local Department of Game and Fish conservation officer or call the toll-free Operation Game Thief hotline at (800) 432-4263. Callers can remain anonymous and receive rewards if information leads to charges being filed.