Issuu on Google+  VOL. 57, NO. 2 — Fall 2012   It’s your nature In this issue: feature articles Bighorn rebound Successful trapping operation reflects program’s success. Page 8 Kokanee snagging Anglers flock to northern lakes for bounty of landlocked spawning salmon. Page 6 departments 2. game & fish news • Record Expo crowd • CWD control area expanded • Tiger muskie mania • Game Commission message • Be safe on OHVs 4. regional outlook • • • • Hunting fire areas Rain helps southwest NE hunting outlook Safari Club pitches in 16. Wet & wild Artificial pond brings new life to dry landscape. Search keyword: NMDGF Photo: Dan Williams Hunters and anglers provided the money to restore New Mexico’s elk population from zero in the early 1900s to about 90,000 today. Thank hunters, anglers for wildlife recovery I t was a close call. So close it makes you catch your breath. By 1862, 32 million Americans had hopped aboard a runaway train barreling toward a natural resources disaster — and most of them didn’t even know it. While they were busy creating the richest and most powerful nation in the world, they also were laying waste to its very foundation: 4 million square miles of some of the richest fish and wildlife habitat on Earth. By the time the transcontinental railway system parading the streets with placards demanding conbroke open the West in 1869, vast herds of 100 servation reform from their legislatures. Rather, million bison and 40 million pronghorn antelope they were toasting their good fortune built on the had vanished. An estimated 60 million beavers had wealth of their land’s rich soil, their free access to been reduced to the silver and gold 100,000. Waterveins, and the Buy a hunting license, even if you don’t hunt. Buy fowl populations seemingly limita fishing license, not because you fish, but as an had plummeted. less forests hiding Swamps had been affirmation of what is worth saving in this great a treasure of wilddrained, prime life. America was country. habitat converted just too vast, too to agriculture, and abundant a landmarket hunting continued unabated. Women in scape to succumb to the pinprick of mere mortals America and in Europe were parading the street in — or so we believed. We couldn’t have been more hats festooned with the feathers of egrets, herons, wrong. and 40 varieties of native birds. We were plucking America bare. It was a matter of taking too much with too little knowledge of the consequences—and far Nevertheless, most Americans at the time were not ... continued on Page 10 new mexico wildlife

New Mexico Wildlife -- Fall 2012

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