- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Game and Fish Department is considering easing up on limits to hunting and trapping certain animals, a plan that is riling conservationists.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://bit.ly/1Kjbzdk) that the State Game Commission will hold its last public meeting on the department’s proposal Saturday in Taos.

The Game and Fish revisions would permit more black bear hunting, cougar trapping and snaring on private land.

The agency says new data on population densities warrants an update of the limits.

The State Game Commission will hold final votes on the proposal in August.

Commission spokesman Dan Williams says the panel is waiting for a study to be completed.

Conservation advocates say they are worried allowing more hunting will have negative long-term effects on animal populations.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com

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