The Department of Game and Fish will conduct roadblocks throughout the state in wildlife wintering areas to collect harvest data and to apprehend wildlife law violators. When deer gather in wintering grounds during the mating season, they can be vulnerable to illegal hunting and other human disturbances.
Conservation officers also will check for compliance with provisions of the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Act, and drivers of vehicles hauling wood will be asked to produce documentation as required by the Forest Conservation Act.
Department officers may be assisted by other law enforcement agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Police or county sheriff’s departments. As a result, the public may encounter minor delays.
To report a wildlife-law violation, please contact a local Department of Game and Fish office or call the toll-free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-432-GAME (4263). Callers can remain anonymous and earn rewards for information leading to charges being filed.
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