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Barbary sheep, oryx, Persian ibex rule changes topic of meetings

SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comments on proposed revisions to the Barbary sheep, oryx, and Persian ibex rule.

The department is proposing changes in Barbary sheep, oryx, and Persian ibex hunting across the state, including increasing Barbary sheep draw licenses, adding new oryx hunts on White Sands Missile Range, and increasing female/immature ibex draw licenses.

To gather public comments, three public meetings will be conducted:

Las Cruces: 6 to 7 p.m. May 7 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 2715 Northrise Drive.
Roswell: 6 to 7 p.m. May 8 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 1912 W. Second Street.
Albuquerque: 6 to 7 p.m. May 9 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 3841 Midway Place, NE.

The proposals can be viewed on the department website, http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/commission/proposals-under-consideration/. Comments on the proposed changes can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Big Game Rule Development, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; by email, DGF-Exotics-Rules@state.nm.us, or in person at one of the meetings listed above.