Commandos specialize in handling wildlife

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal U.S. Air Force Senior Airman C’Belle Tennimon sprays weed killer while Airman 1st Class Jacob Mathis navigates their vehicle near the flightline Feb. 1 at Cannon Air Force Base. Both Air Commandos are pest managers who routinely deal with public health concerns at Cannon. By Airman 1st Class […]

Nuclear energy still one of safest power forms

Freedom New Mexico Americans need electricity. But when a modern source of it threatens humans and wildlife, it is time to reassess how much risk we’ll accept for voltage. Is an abundant and sustainable source of electricity worth the risks? To date, no American has been killed by commercial nuclear power — a fact confirmed […]

My turn: Hunter has eye for job

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You might say Jude Smith, manager at Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge and Grulla National Wildlife Refuge, has a real eye for his job. On the job, he’s making use of spotting skills honed by hunting. As an example, Smith said he and two younger refuge employees were recently surveying the deer population, counting how many […]

Lizard that lives in county could be added to endangered list

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A lizard that lives in southern Roosevelt County may become federally listed as an endangered species, limiting the use of the land included in its habitat. Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service proposed the dunes sagebrush lizard, also known as the sand dunes lizard, be listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. […]

Outdoor guide: Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Canadian geese and sandhill cranes relax and move around Bitter Lake last October on their way south for winter. • Location: Bitter Lake is located 10 miles northeast of Roswell in Chaves County. It is 1 hour and 33 minutes or 89 miles from Portales. It is 102 miles or […]

My turn: Money goes back to you

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Have you ever wondered where your money goes after you purchase a hunting, fishing or trapping license or pay fees for other recreational activities at state parks? Well I often wondered myself, every time it costs me a lot of money to purchase licenses and recreational fees. All the money goes toward supporting wildlife in […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Youth hunting, fine arts and American Graffiti

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Youth license Thousands of licenses for youth-only elk hunts, deer and javelina are available from the state Department of Game and Fish. More than 2,700 deer licenses and 430 javelina licenses left over from the regular drawing are scheduled to go on sale 10 […]

Fishing report — July 7

The fishing report from New Mexico Wildlife Department is generated by officers and anglers.

Tuesday morning briefing: Six million a day and wildlife at Oasis

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing.

Wildlife, camping at Sumner Lake State Park

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Courtesy of Sumner Lake State Park A deer is looking around at Sumner Lake State Park is one of many wildlife who make their home at the park. Place: Sumner Lake State Park Location: The park is 18 miles southwest of Fort Sumner on N.M. 203. It is roughly 75 miles or an hour-and-25-minute drive […]

Conservationist discusses playa lakes

By Argen Duncan: PNT Staff Writer Playa lakes, while a difficulty in farming, help recharge the aquifer under Roosevelt County and provide important habitat for wildlife, according to a professional conservationist. Joe Whitehead, an area resource conservationist with the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service in Clovis, spoke about playa lakes, depressions that catch water when […]

Park firearms rules inconsistent, infringe on personal freedoms

Talk in political circles often centers on bipartisanship. If politicians want to portray a bill or program as something few would quibble with, they reach across the aisle and find at least a handful of supporters in the other party. Then they can say their proposal is bipartisan and the rest of us are supposed […]

Wildlife specialist speaks at meeting

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Wildlife caused $28,000 in agricultural losses last year in Roosevelt County, according to a Department of Agriculture report. Pat Jaureguiberry, a wildlife specialist with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, spoke Tuesday to Roosevelt County commissioners about the various wildlife control efforts he is pursuing in the county. […]

Wild animals must be managed

Editorial Leave it to career bureaucrats to make a federal case out of a little wildlife problem. The federal government’s answer to an exploding elk population in Rocky Mountain National Park is typically complicated and unnecessarily expensive, with the Park Service planning to hire specialized sharpshooters, at undoubtedly inflated rates, to cull the herd gradually […]

Wildlife Service should be held accountable

Editorial You would think the government would be eager to boast about the success. The American bald eagle, which had dwindled to 500 nesting pairs in the 1960s, has recovered from the brink of extinction. Maybe that means the Endangered Species Act, under which animals threatened with extinction are placed on a “threatened” list, which […]

Fences with holes won’t be effective

We weren’t particularly enamored with the decision by Washington to construct a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, believing that it will be far less effective than claimed and that the problem of illegal immigration ultimately requires a much more holistic and balanced solution. But as long as a fence is going to be built, […]

Cranes return to refuge

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By Ashley Lee: PNT staff writer There is a wildlife refuge a short journey away. The Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge is the oldest refuge in Texas and home to 250,000 sandhill cranes during the winter season. And winter is the best time to visit, according to refuge manager Harold Beierman. “We have the largest concentration […]

Wild and wonderful

By William Thompson Many Portales residents remember local televison shows “Mr. Hank” and “Exploring Nature” on KENW. The host delighted children and adults alike with his knowledge of exotic animals. Today, former TV show host and wildlife biologist A. L. (Tony) Genarro still helps out with the specimen collection he helped found at Eastern New […]

Counting cranes

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers MULESHOE — From the cab of his white pickup truck, Harold Beierman scans the quiet lakes. He is checking up on some seasonal guests. Peering through a pair of binoculars, he counts the leggy birds, one by one. Beierman will do this every dawn until winter ends. He estimates 16,000 sandhill […]

Bitter Lakes Refuge offers variety of diversions

The Bitter Lakes National Wildlife refuge near Roswell is a great place to hike, hunt, and enjoy birdwatching; thousands of migratory birds make the area their winter home. The wetlands provide a wintering habitat for lesser sandhill cranes, Ross and snow geese, and about 20 species of ducks. Where it is: The Bitterlakes National Wildlife […]