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Public News Service - NM: Endangered Species & Wildlife

Farmington, NM - The Gold King Mine in Colorado, from which 3 million gallons of toxic sludge spilled into the Animas River and is devastating downstream commmunities such as Farmington, is just one of thousands of abandoned mines. It turned the waters of the Animas River yellow and orange, prompting water emergencies downstream as far as Lake Powell. The other thousands of abandoned mines throughout the West pose an equal or greater threat to rivers and waterways. Comments from Mike Eisenfeld, energy coord

FARMINGTON, N.M. – Thousands of abandoned mines in New Mexico, Colorado and other Western states pose as much of a toxic threat, or greater, as the Gold King Mine in Colorado, which leaked three million gallons of toxic sludge and mine waste into the Animas River following an accidental discha

PHOTO: U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is being asked by New Mexico's U.S. senators to take a closer look at federal government's oil and gas development policies near Chaco Culture National Historic Park. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico's congressional delegation is asking U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to monitor a possible escalation of fracking in an area considered sacred by many Native Americans. In a letter to Jewell, Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan stress t

PHOTO: Conservation projects at New Mexico's Carson National Forest and around the country mark the 50th anniversary of Congress passing the Wilderness Act. Photo credit: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

TAOS, N.M. – A conservation project at Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico is under way in recognition of this week's 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Ben Thomas, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, says the young work crews are thinning about 160 acres of d

PHOTO: The potentially deadly plague, passed to humans and animals from fleas on rodents, has infected at least two people and several animals in New Mexico in recent weeks. Photo courtesy of Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

SANTA FE, N.M. - At least two people in New Mexico are being treated for the potentially deadly disease known as the plague. While those infected are expected to survive, Dr. Paul Ettestad, public health veterinarian with the State Department of Health, says the plague has also infected several ani

PHOTO: Feral pigs pose a serious threat to the critical habitat of many endangered species living in New Mexico, according to federal officials working to reduce the animals' population. Photo credit: National Park Service.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - State and federal officials report success in reducing New Mexico's population of feral swine, which threaten endangered species. Alan May, state director at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services Program, said the agency has eliminated more than 700 of the anima

PHOTO: Conservationists in New Mexico are reacting to the federal government's plan for all future travel inside the huge Gila National Forest, located in the southwestern part of the state. CREDIT: U.S. Forest Service.

GILA, N.M. - Conservationists say there are good points and less than positive elements of the U.S. Forest Service plan governing future travel in the Gila National Forest. Donna Stevens, executive director of the Upper Gila Watershed Alliance, said the travel management plan restricts motorized ve

PHOTO: Conservation groups are urging government agencies to work quickly to protect the habitat of the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse, which is now officially an endangered species. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico meadow jumping mouse is now officially an endangered species, and conservation groups are urging government agencies to do as much as possible to protect the nearly extinct animal. The mouse's primary habitat is along streams in central New Mexico, eastern Arizona,

PHOTO: Two bats that tested positive for rabies in the Albuquerque area have state health officials urging the public to avoid all wild animals, living or dead. CREDIT: U.S. Geological Survey.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Health officials are urging the public to be on the lookout after at least two bats in the Albuquerque area tested positive for potentially fatal rabies. Dr. Paul Ettestad, public health veterinarian at the New Mexico Department of Health, said in one case, a woman found a bat cr

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