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HB 586: COUGAR HUNTING & TRAPPING

An Act Relating To Hunting; Amending Sections Of Chapter 17 Nmsa 1978 To Delete Cougar From The List Of Game Mammals; Removing Cougar From Requirements For Different Classes Of Hunting Licenses; Adding Cougar To Fur-bearing Animals Prohibited From Trapping By Nonresidents.

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MILD HB 586
COUGAR HUNTING & TRAPPING

Legislative URL:
HB 586 on nmlegis.gov
Emergency Clause:
No
Germane:
N/A
Location:
HRPAC
Action:
[15] HAWC/HRPAC/HJC-HAWC [28] w/o rec-HRPAC API.
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Summary

This bill removes cougars from the list of game mammals, so that the cougar is no longer a protected species and can be hunted without a license. The bill makes conforming changes to other sections of law to reflect the non-protected status. The bill also provides that no nonresident shall capture, trap or possess any cougar.

 

A possible concern regarding the bill might be that as a species without protection, New Mexico’s cougar population could be driven down. Another concern might be that if the cougar population should decrease, the populations of cougar prey may increase and cause unintended consequences.