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Lujan-Grisham responses:

What outdoor recreational activities do you enjoy and


when and where was the last time you did so?

As a 12th generation New Mexican and lifelong resident of


this state, I’ve been privileged to benefit from our beautiful
lands and natural resources. I hike, bike, fish, and ride
horseback across New Mexico. I went fly fishing and hiked
in the Valles Calderas this past weekend, recently
horseback riding in Canjillon at the Carson National
Forest, and cycled at White Sands National Monument and
El Malpais National monument as part of our campaign’s
33 county Jobs and Leadership Tour last month.

Where do you stand regarding commercial wildlife


trapping on public lands?

Our land and wildlife management should work to


maintain existing ecosystems and promote animal welfare.
While there are specific instances where individual animals
are causing serious and possibly life or property-
threatening damage or depredation, New Mexico should
commit itself to implementing a science-driven, 21st
century wildlife stewardship model that reduces the
potential to indiscriminately catch, maim or kill wildlife
and domestic pets.

Do you support or oppose changing the law requiring


euthanization for rabies testing of wildlife involved in
attacks upon humans such as the case involving the
Valles Caldera trail runner?

I would support a study within the Department of Game


and Fish to examine the impact of and alternatives to the
current law, which requires euthanasia in all circumstances
when a human is attacked. We ought to look at possible
alternative methods for testing for and assessment of rabies
risk, while ensuring that the Department of Game and Fish
and its staff continue to prioritize keeping people safe from
harm.

What is your position on recent proposals to merge the


state Department of Game and Fish and the State Parks
Division to maximize resources and improve services?

In recent years we’ve seen legislation and proposals that


would expand and/or alter the scope of operations for
NMDGF, or merge it with other agencies.

I support the study of proposals like merging the


department with the State Parks Division that could
potentially help to ensure adequate resources for the
management of non-game species currently under the
purview of NMDGF, create efficiencies, Any such change
must be conducted with careful preparation and analysis to
ensure that there are no discontinuities in important
services and that that funding is available for all aspects of
service. I will work to evaluate this change, solicit public
and stakeholder input, and ensure any such change is
coupled with adequate funding for the department to meet
its goals.

What do you think of the idea of creating a state office


or agency to support and promote outdoor recreation in
New Mexico?

I believe that a creating state office of outdoor recreation,


done the right way, is a clear step in the right direction to
promoting and expanding this growing industry. This $10
billion dollar economy is one of New Mexico’s strongest
growth opportunities. In forming this office we should
bring together stakeholders from industry, local businesses,
outfitters, conservation groups, federal agencies, and those
engaged in outdoor recreation to chart the best path
forward as we look to coordinate and leverage the
incredible resources our state has to offer. I will support
key performance measures for the office in terms of
economic growth, conservation, and enhancements to our
outdoor recreation infrastructure.

Pearce responses:

● What outdoor recreational activities do you enjoy and


when and where was the last time you did so?

Hunting, fishing, and hiking. I take every opportunity I can


to enjoy our beautiful state. In line with keeping up with
both a Congressional schedule and a campaign schedule, I
especially try to find any opportunity afforded me to get
outside and hike. Most recently I spent a few hours in the
Organ Mountains. As for hunting, I took my granddaughter
on her first turkey hunt in Lincoln County last season.
Unfortunately, I have not had the time to hunt yet this year
but I'm looking forward to getting back out there after the
election.

● Where do you stand regarding commercial wildlife


trapping on public lands?

I support limited and regulated trapping on public lands,


including commercial trapping when it serves State Game
and Fish management interest. New Mexico is home to a
diverse and unique culture and heritage. We must find the
correct balance of protecting the outdoors and our species,
as well as our citizens ability to hunt and trap.

● Do you support or oppose changing the law requiring


euthanization for rabies testing of wildlife involved in
attacks upon humans such as the case involving
the Valles Caldera trail runner?

Oppose, at this point. I would work with the Department of


Health, Game and Fish, and the State legislature to update
the law, should it be necessary in the future.

● What is your position on recent proposals to merge


the state Department of Game and Fish and the State
Parks Division to maximize resources and improve
services?

I oppose this proposal. These entities have two unique and


vital missions to the success and health of New Mexico’s
natural beauty. As they currently stand, they have the
resources necessary to complete their missions
successfully. As Governor, I will ensure they also have the
proper management to continue on the progress and
positive impact they are making on our State.

● What do you think of the idea of creating a state office


or agency to support and promote outdoor recreation in
New Mexico?

I believe it is a premature decision. Game and Fish, State


Parks, Forestry, and Tourism all have a role and
responsibility to play in providing the best experience
possible for New Mexicans and visitors alike. I will work
as Governor to ensure they have the management and
coordination to continue expanding opportunity and
protecting access to our public lands. The State has the
proper resources in place to promote our beauty - it needs
to focus on coordination and action over the creation of
more bureaucracy.