State weighs meadow mouse recovery plan

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By The Staff

An upcoming meeting of the New Mexico Fish and Game Commission will consider adopting a recovery plan for two small rodents listed as endangered under the Wildlife Conservation Act.At the Jemez Mountains Science Symposium Friday, Leland Pierce, the state’s recovery coordinator for terrestrial species alerted the scientific community that the state was trying to raise public awareness about the meadow jumping mouse and the Arizona montane vole.The vole is known to dwell primarily in Catron County along the border with Arizona; the meadow jumping mouse has several habitats in the state, primarily in the Jemez and Sacramento Mountains, and along the Rio Grande River.Pierce said the Game and Fish department is not obligated to do everything in its plan, even if adopted, because it does not have authority over the habitat, which largely belongs to federal or private owners.“This is cheerleading,” he said.

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