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Predator Control or Wildlife Conservation: New Mexico's Legacy?

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Michael Miller

I grew up in Santa Fe in the 1950's and 60's.  I graduated from St. Mikes's in 1967. I served as Director of the New Mexico Records Center and Archives, Director of the Center for Southwest Research, UNM, and retired as Director of Research and Literary Arts at the National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico.  Today, I am involved in the preservation of New Mexico's environment and cultural heritage. I volunteer for a number of organizations and I am particularly interested in working with young people.  I believe that the traditional values of NM and the rich heritage passed on by our ancestors is one of the most important ways to reach out to our young people and help eliminate many of the social, economic, environmental, and political problems created in the 21st century.  Family values, culture, tradition, respect for the Earth, spirituality, preservation of our natural resources and traditional knowledge must be passed on to the next generation to help them cope with the world today.  I believe that it is the responsibility of every adult to mentor and nourish the minds of the young.  I enjoy flyfishing, bow hunting, farming, and the wonders of nature. Bibliography of published work is available on request. 

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  • Comment Link Michael Miller Friday, 11 September 2015 17:38 posted by Michael Miller

    William,
    Thank God for people like your Dad. I wish he was with us today. The myth that there are to many cougars and bears is like the myth that there is no climate change and the myth of clean coal and the myth that the Animas river is fine and many more myths created by people that have no vision for future generations and the protection of the Earth. Thanks for posting the excellent Agua Fria histories.

  • Comment Link William Mee Thursday, 10 September 2015 22:26 posted by William Mee

    My dad worked at the Legislative Council Service as a bill draftsman. In, I believe 1969, he was tasked to write a bill saving the Mountain Lions in the state. He told my mother and me that the total population of mountain lions statewide was only a few hundred down from the thousands in the year 1900. He said how important they were in the ecosystem. He enlisted my mother and I to take Wildlife Federation magazines and the like and cut out pictures of cougars and pumas for his presentation in Albuquerque. So we set out cutting and pasting and the big day came. Dad drove home and the bill had made the call for the legislative session.

  • Comment Link Michael Miller Monday, 24 August 2015 17:49 posted by Michael Miller

    H,
    Hopefully, the State Game Commission will follow the wisdom of both Ligon and Leopold at the meeting on August 27, in Santa Fe. Finally, New Mexico's wildlife populations are on the rebound. I for one would like to keep it that way for future generations.
    M.

  • Comment Link Harley G. Shaw Monday, 24 August 2015 10:22 posted by Harley G. Shaw

    I finally figured out how to open the entire article. Thanks. Ligon was an interesting gent. As with Leopold, his opinions shifted as he aged. He didn't express them quite as eloquently.

  • Comment Link Michael Miller Tuesday, 18 August 2015 16:59 posted by Michael Miller

    Thanks for your interest Harley. NM WILDLIFE,(Volume 29, #1, January-February,1984)
    Michael
    P.S. You can also try VocesdeSantaFe.Michael Miller

  • Comment Link Harley G. Shaw Tuesday, 18 August 2015 11:35 posted by Harley G. Shaw

    I wasn't able to read the entire article re: predator control in 1915. Any way to get a complete copy? Also, when and where was it published?

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