Who won? The same people that always win and have won for the past one hundred years. The ranchers and the federal Wildlife Services. The vote was three to one by Grant County Commissioners Thursday morning. A fifth Commissioner, Harry Browne, was absent.

For two weeks Grant County was the second New Mexico County to ban Wildlife Services use of leg-hold traps and M-44s. Today the Wildlife Services’ agent has all his tools back in his wildlife killing box. Twelve people spoke up in public input, four for continuing Wildlife Services for their ranches and eight residents spoke up for ending the public tax-payer funded Wildlife Services.

Glenn Griffin
Silver City, NM