For years, those who support the archaic and barbaric practice of using leghold, bodygrip and snare traps have argued it’s simply a way of life and livelihood for a segment of New Mexico’s population. They wax nostalgic about simpler times while claiming trappers follow today’s rules and regularly label and check their devices. Those supporters include the New Mexico Game Commission, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, and New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn.
And all of them should spend some time today taking a good, long, hard look at the photo accompanying this editorial to see what their support has wrought.
Trapping’s latest poster boy is a 20-pound male bobcat that was euthanized this month after a Placitas resident found him in her barn – with the leghold trap that delivered its fatal injury still attached to a back paw. “He just laid there on the bottom row of hay and looked at me,” Christine Landers says.