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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014 Grant County man ordered to pay $6,000 for allegedly poac0000.00d deer Submitted by NM DEPT of GAME Gomez, 30, was ordered by Grant & FISHISanta Fe County Magistrate Judge Ray Santa Clara resident Daniel Base on Thursday, April 24 to pay Somhwes Area oo,.....I Fishing Repor °° °'' --Game & Fish This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been gener- ated from the best information available from area officers and anglers• Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities• CATCHES OF THE WEEK: • Abiquiu Lake: May 18, Robert Bulcock of Albuquerque caught and released a 4-pound, 2-ounce smallmouth bass. He was using a four- inch finesse worm. • Clayton Lake: May 16, Albert Trujillo of Clayton caught a 20- inch rainbow trout. He was using yellow garlic bait. • Coehiti Lake: May 19, Erin Nagel of Rio Rancho caught and released a 26-inch northern pike. She was using a night crawler. • Monastery Lake: May 18, Miguel Loya of Santa Fe caught an 18-inch rainbow trout. He was using salmon eggs. • Santa Cruz Reservoir: May 17 and 18, Julian and Michael Matney, ages 4 and 5, along with dad, Luke of Albuquerque, caught several rainbow trout, including three 20-inch fish. They were slow-trolling orange Power Bait trout worms about 50 feet behind the boat. • Ute Lake: May 18, Shelley Goodwin of Dalhart, Texas, caught a 5:36-pound walleye. She was using a crappie rig with min- nows. If you have a catch of the week story or just want to tell us about your latest New Mexico fishing experience, send it to us at We may include your story in our next report. For catches of the week, include name, date, and location, type of fish, length and weight if possible and bait, lure or fly used. SOUTHWEST AREA Bear Canyon: We had no reports from anglers this week. Bill Evans Lake: We had no re- ports from anglers this week. Cahallo Lake: Fishing was fair to good using minnows, small tubes and small jigs for crappie. Fishing was good trolling crank baits for white bass. Fishing was slow to fair using spinner-night crawler rigs and crank baits for walleye. We had no reports on other species• Elephant Butte Lake: Fishing was good using crank baits, jerk baits, curly tail grubs and min- nows for white bass. Fishing was good using tubes, senkos, jigs and jerk baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits, jerk baits and Flicker Shad for wall- eye. Fishing was fair using tubes, minnows and small jigs for crap- pie. Fishing was fair to good us- ing stink bait, shrimp and night crawlers for catfish. We had no reports on other species. The Marina Del Sur, Rock Canyon and Dam Site marinas are open. The surface temp was in the low 60s. Escondida Lake: Fishing was slow for all species. Gila River: Water flow on the Gila as of this past Monday was 47 cfs. We had no reports from anglers. Glenwood Pond: Trout fishing was good using Power Bait and salmon eggs. Lake Roberts: A construction project to improve the dam has begun and extremely low lake levels make it increasingly diffi- cult to fish. The project is ex- pected to continue into the sum- mer. The lake is still open to bank fishing. State Highway 15 access to the lake reopened this past Wednesday. Percha Dam: We had no reports from anglers this week. Quemado Lake: Trout fishing was rated as good to very good by anglers using worms, Power Bait, Pistol Petes, spinners and salmon eggs. Dennis Estrada of Lordsburg and Penny Frick of Albuquerque both caught limits of trout last Thursday. They were using Power Bait and worms un- der clear bubbles. We had no re- ports on tiger musky. Rio Grande: Water flow below Elephant Butte :0n.-Mgnday' was 2.5 cfs. We hadn0 reports-from anglers this week. Snow Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. The lake was recently stocked. Give it a try and let us know how you do. Young Pond: We had no reports from anglers this week. $6,000 in civil penalties for the loss of a mule deer buck he was found guilty of poaching in Janu- ary 2013. The buck scored 184 inches and was considered a tro- phy, which allows for increased civil penalties. The case was initiated by an anonymous tip to the Operation Game Thief hotline. Gomez said he killed the deer in Game Man- agement Unit 16. However, sev- eral area residents had taken video of the deer alive shortly before Gomez allegedly poached it in Game Management Unit 23, an area where Gomez did not have a valid hunting license. Conservation officers seized the deer from Gomez and submitted DNA samples to a forensics labo- ratory in Wyoming. DNA samples taken from the suspected kill site matched the samples taken from the seized deer. Gomez was found guilty of unlawful possession of the deer in'July 2013, and fined $400 by Grant County Magistrate Maurine Laney. 'The testimony of local resi- dents was absolutely essential in solving this case, and we're ex- tremely grateful that they came forward to do the right thing," Game and Fish Corporal Matt Pengelly said. The testimony of the foren- sic DNA analyst who matched the deer to the kill site was believed to be a key factor in the convic- tion. The department paid for travel expenses of the analyst from Wyoming for the criminal and civil trials. Gomez has noti- fied Game and Fish officers that he will appeal the case to District Court. Department officials are preparing to prosecute the case for the third time. The department encourages anyone with information about this deer to call Operation Game Thief toll-free, (800) 432-GAME (4263), or to visit www.wildlife. Callers can remain anonymous and earn rewards if information leads to charges be- ing filed. Lil' Mavs 00nirt sale Lil' Mavs Cheer & Dance is Mavericks have surprise win at State Tournament, end season in semi-finals Courtesy submission The 2014 Lordsburg Mav- erick baseball team ended the season with a 16 -8 win/ loss record. They were District 5 2A runner-ups. The Mavericks would garner the 8 seed in the playoffs and host the 9 seed Estancia Bear, the Mavericks would prevail, 11 to 10 and move on to face the number one seeded Texico Wolverines• The highlight for the Mavericks hap- pened on day one in the Quarterfinals versus the number one ranked team in the state; a game which they won by the score of 6 to2 Their season ended in Albu- querque after a semi-final match up with the Dexter Demons, in a game that finish 5 to 6.. "It was difficult on day two, to repeat the emotions from day one. We started out flat against Dexter, and came back a little too late•" stated Coach Newell "We hope to make this a yearly trip and bring back a State Championship in the noar future." Congratulations boys see you next season ! New Mexico cares about bears Submitted by NM DEPT of GAME & FiSHSanta Fe The New Mexico Depart- ment of Game and Fish reminds New Mexicans that spring is the time of year when bears emerge from their dens and begin looking for food after their long slum- ber. "Help care for bears this season by securing trash and removing bear attractants now," said Rick Winslow, bear and cougar biologist for the depart- ment. "In the spring, bears eat naturally available foods such as insects and grass, but they can be lured into dangerous situations by human food and attractants." Every year, black bears stray into neighborhoods, enticed by human food sources such as gar- bage and birdfeeders. Bears that associate humans with food can hosting a t-shirt fundraiser sale. become aggressive and are a Cost iS $20 for t:shirts, fitted t- , threat to public safety. shirts and long sleeve t-shirts. "The department wants to hoodies are $35 and glitter hoodies are $40. All come in an assortment of colors and sizes (youth and adult). Contact Megan Whipple at 575-654-4196 or email lil.mavs.cheer @ to order. and occasionally, if a bear has be- come a threat to people, it has to be put down. "This is a community issue that will only be solved by the community coming together," Winslow said. "If five people on your block are doing the right thing to care for bears and some- one isn't, they are putting your whole neighborhood and bears in danger." Winslow released a male bear back into the wild in April 7 in the Manzano Mountains south of Albuquerque, after a depart- give bears every opportunity to be wild, but to keep the public and bears safe, at times we have to step in," Winslow said. "Some- times we can educate the public about bear attractants, other times a bear has to be relocated ment officer captured the young bear last year in downtown Bernalillo. The bear may have been looking for food in town, and was scared up a tree. The Wildlife Center in Espanola cared for the bear over the winter. If you really care about New Mexico's black bears, help keep wildlife wild by remembering five bear aware tips• • Keep trash away from bears• • Only feed birds in the winter or bring bird feeders in at night. • Keep food sources, in- cluding pet food, out of the reach and smell of bears. • Keep barbecue grills clean or store inside• • Pick fruit before it ripens• For more information about living with bears, visit the depart- ment website at or fol- low the link to the Bear, Awgre brochure. .,. , , Congratulations, l I "°"" '""'" Patrlek I I ! 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