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State officials oppose legislation shifting management of Valles Caldera

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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2013 5:30 pm

The head of the New Mexico Game and Fish Department and members of the state Game Commission don’t like the idea of turning over management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve to the National Park Service.

They met with representatives from U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s office Friday to discuss pending federal legislation concerning the 89,000-acre preserve in Northern New Mexico. The commission, which sets policy for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, is concerned that language in the bill could negatively affect wildlife management as well as hunting, fishing and trapping opportunities on the preserve.

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