Rabies fear prompts NM to ban animal relocations

September 10, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fear that a strain of rabies might spread from Arizona deeper into New Mexico has prompted New Mexico officials to prohibit releases of captured foxes and some other species back into the wild, resulting in those animals being killed instead.

The ban on relocating nuisance animals also applies to raccoons, skunks, coyotes, bats and some bobcats, the Albuquerque Journal reported (

Wildlife health specialist Kerry Mower of the New Mexico Game and Fish Department said the ban imposed in June resulted from fears that Arizona fox rabies could spread from the Login to read more

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