Game Commission leader resigns after cougar killing

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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014 7:12 pm | Updated: 5:59 pm, Tue Feb 18, 2014.

State Game Commission chairman Scott Bidegain, who state conservation officers a week ago accused of helping four other men illegally kill a cougar on his family’s ranch near Tucumcari, resigned over the weekend.

Bidegain, who represented District 4 in northeastern New Mexico, was charged Monday with a misdemeanor in Quay County Magistrate Court. The state Department of Game and Fish said the complaint alleged Bidegain was an accessory to killing the cougar.

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  • Catherine Clinger posted at 12:20 pm on Fri, Feb 21, 2014.

    colmar3 Posts: 3

    What is wrong with this man? Sickening and shameful.
    I have had some very good experiences with Game and Fish folk. This person behaved like a barbaric predator and had no business having a position of authority. I agree with the other commentary that advocates for balance. Ranchers and hunters have too much representation on committees and some assert a flawed opinion as to their so-called expertise on matters of wildlife management and conservation. The boyish smile belies a childish and immature core - his demonstrates a disturbing level of enjoyment in perpetrating acts of cruelty.

  • Gary Cascio posted at 6:38 am on Fri, Feb 21, 2014.

    garycascio Posts: 22

    Here's hoping resigning his position and the public embarrassment that involves is only the beginning. If he is found to have violated the law then he should be punished to the fullest extent of the law as an example. He more than anyone else in this state should have known better. A beautiful animal is dead for no reason other than bloodlust. There must be more balance on the game commission. it should reflect the views of the citizens of this state, not one, extremely prejudicial point of view.

  • Lindsey Bradford posted at 12:25 pm on Thu, Feb 20, 2014.

    LAbradford Posts: 1

    This is why hunters and ranchers should not be allowed to hold chairs on any wildlife commission board. This is not an isolated incident. You do not allow the fox to guard the hen house.

  • Carla Porter posted at 9:29 am on Thu, Feb 20, 2014.

    Carla Porter Posts: 1

    A big thanks to the state conservation officers!

    However, I suggest New Mexico stop hunting wild predators, like mountain lions. They play a vital role within their ecosystem. Coexistence should be pursued.

  • James Fitzgerald posted at 11:55 am on Wed, Feb 19, 2014.

    Jim Fitzgerald Posts: 21

    Why was it necessary to kill the cougar?? Turning dogs loose on the animal, treeing it and then shooting it or letting the dogs kill it by tearing it apart is not sportsmanship hunting. Do not refer to these folks as hunters because they aren't.


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