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New Mexico

Population: 1,819,046 (2000)

State Background
Species
Clubs & Organizations
New Mexico Game and Fish
1 Wildlife Way
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507

505-476-8000
www.wildlife.state.nm.us

State Background

New Mexico is a southwestern state in the United States of America. Over its relatively long history it has also been occupied by Native American populations and has been part of the Spanish viceroyalty of New Spain, a province of Mexico and a U.S. territory. At the northwestern corner of New Mexico, the states of Colorado, Arizona, and Utah come together.

The landscape ranges from wide, rose-colored deserts to broken mesas to high, snow-capped peaks. Despite New Mexico's arid image, heavily forested mountain wildernesses cover a significant portion of the state. Part of the Rocky Mountains, the broken, north-south oriented Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) range flanks both sides of the Rio Grande from the rugged, pastoral north through the center of the state. Cacti, yuccas, creosote bush, sagebrush, and desert grasses cover the broad, semiarid plains that cover the southern portion of the state.

State Species

Big Game American Elk
Barbary Sheep
Black Bear
Coues Whitetail
Cougar
Desert Bighorn Sheep
Ibey
Javelina
Mule Deer
Oryx
Pronghorn Antelope
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
Turkey
Whitetail Deer
Waterfowl American Coot
Common Morrhen
Common Snipe
Ducks
Geese
Sora
Virginia Rail
Furbearer Species Badger
Bobcat
Fox
Muskrat
Nutria
Raccoon
Ringtail
Weasel
Small Game Species Band-tailed Pigeon
Blue Grouse
Dove
Pheasant
Quail
Sandhill Crane
September Teal
Squirrel
Predators Coyote Skunk  
Sport Fish Blue Gill
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Chanel Catfish
Crappie
Flathead Catfish
Gila Trout
Green Sunfish
Kokanee Salmon
Largemouth Bass
Lake Trout
Northern Pike
Rainbow Trout
Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Striped Bass
Walleye
White Bass
White Crappie
Yellow Perch

Clubs & Organizations

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