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N.M. bill reclassifies cougars as non-game

Updated: May 31, 2006, 7:26 PM ET
By Deborah Baker | Associated Press — Feb. 24, 2005

Cougars could be shot on sight under a proposal headed to the New Mexico House for a vote.

The bill, backed by livestock growers, was endorsed recently by the House Government and Urban Affairs Committee.

It would take the cats — also called mountain lions or pumas — off the list of biggame animals whose hunting is regulated by the state Game and Fish Department.

Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton , the bill's sponsor, told the panel it could help balance the deer population, ...

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