Fight Over Hunting Rule Change

New Mexico – Sportsmen and conservation groups say they are rounding up their members for a special meeting of the New Mexico Game Commission so they can share their concerns about proposed rule changes for hunting bears, cougars and pronghorn.

The daylong meeting will be at the Albuquerque Marriott on Saturday.

The commission has held more than a dozen public meetings around the state and plans to take final action on the rules at its Sept. 30 meeting in Ruidoso.

Conservationists are vehemently opposing the proposed hunting quotas for bears and cougars, saying increasing the harvest limit would be "drastic and harmful."

Sportsmen say the New Mexico Game and Fish Department also needs to revamp the way it handles permits for pronghorn hunting on private land.

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