New Mexico approves ban on cougar trapping

The New Mexico State Game Commission has approved a ban on cougar trapping.
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The New Mexico State Game Commission has approved a ban on cougar (Puma concolor) trapping. The changes are for the 2020-2024 seasons and will be revisited in four years under a new commission policy. The unanimous decision comes after animal welfare groups filed a lawsuit arguing that traps threatened protected species like Mexican wolves (Canis lupus baileyii) and that cougar hunting quotas for cougars were unsustainably high. Commissioners will vote Jan. 17 on whether to amend a furbearer trapping rule.

Read more from the Santa Fe New Mexican here and the Associated Press here.