I would like to respond to Sherry Robinson’s article, “Trapping and Recreation Tourism Don’t Mix.” (Rio Grande Sun, Oct. 31, 2019, page A7).
She uses two instances of illegal trapping to portray this as common practice. I find her argument offensive.
To infer that your child is at risk from a trap has no basis in fact. Dogs in New Mexico must be leashed, it’s the law. Free-roaming dogs can raise havoc with wildlife and livestock.
One of the reasons for New Mexico’s diverse and abundant wildlife was the foresight of the consumptive users of wildlife. The funds generated from self-imposed taxes, license and use fees are directly responsible for our abundant wildlife -- both game and non-game.
We have had a sustainable harvest of animals for years, with healthy populations, thanks to the people who develop the sound management programs in which trapping plays a vital role.
“Recreation and Wildlife tourism” benefits directly from the success of our conservation program fostered and directed by our Game and Fish Department, with the guidance of the Game Commission.
No other system of wildlife management has resulted in the proliferation and protection of wildlife and the acquisition and enhancement of their necessary habitats as well as the North American Model of Conservation, the funding of which relies almost exclusively upon sportsmen.