The State of New Mexico permits the trapping of "furbearing" animals on our public lands. Many believe this practice should be banned because, among other reasons, body-gripping traps, such as steel-jawed leghold traps, snare traps and the deadly conibear traps, do not know the difference between a bobcat and a dog, hawk, owl, river otter, wolf, or child walking.
Others say that just because traps catch companion animals and "unintended" wildlife, including threatened and endangered species, that is no reason to ban them.
Whether you are a resident of New Mexico or someone who enjoys visiting the wondrous public lands within New Mexico's borders, your opinion is welcome. Thank you.