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State agency seeks court ruling on hunting license quotas

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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 7:00 pm

The state Game and Fish Department asked a federal court Tuesday to lift a decades-old order preventing the agency from providing New Mexico residents with the majority of annual licenses to hunt bighorn sheep, ibex and oryx.

The department wants the U.S. District Court to lift an injunction in place since 1977, when the court determined that New Mexico discriminated against out-of-state hunters by limiting licenses that would be issued to them for the three species.

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