As used in the Wildlife Conservation Act:
A. “commission” means the state game commission;
B. “director” means the director of the department of game and fish..
D. “endangered species” means any species of fish or wildlife whose prospects of survival or recruitment within the state are in jeopardy due to any of the following factors:
(1) the present or threatened destruction, modification or curtailment of its habitat;
(2) overutilization for scientific, commercial or sporting purposes;
(3) the effect of disease or predation;
(4) other natural or man-made factors affecting its prospects of survival or recruitment within the state; or
(5) any combination of the foregoing factors.
The term may also include any species of fish or wildlife appearing on the United States list of endangered native and foreign fish and wildlife as set forth in Section 4 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 as endangered species, provided that the commission adopts those lists in whole or in part. The term shall not include any species covered by the provisions of 16 U.S.C. 1331 through 1340 (1971) and shall not include any species of the class insecta determined by the director to constitute a pest whose protection under the Wildlife Conservation Act would present an overwhelming and overriding risk to man;
E. “investigation” means a process pursuant to Subsections B through L of Section 17-2-40 NMSA 1978 undertaken whenever the director suspects that a species may be threatened or endangered and which consists of a formal review of existing data and studies and may include additional field research to determine whether a species is threatened or endangered;
F. “land or aquatic habitat interests” means interests in real property or water rights consisting of fee simple title, easements in perpetuity, time certain easements, long-term leases and short-term leases;
G. “management” means the collection and application of biological information for the purposes of establishing and maintaining a congruous relationship between individuals within species and populations of wildlife and the carrying capacity of their habitat. The term includes the entire range of activities that constitutes a full scientific resource program of, including but not limited to, research, census, law enforcement, propagation, acquisition or maintenance of land or aquatic habitat interests appropriate for recovery of the species, improvement and maintenance, education and related activities or protection and regulated taking;
H. “recovery plan” means a designated program or methodology reasonably expected to lead to restoration and maintenance of a species and its habitat...
J. “species” means any species or subspecies;
K. “substantial public interest” means a nonfrivolous claim indicated by a broad-based expression of public concern...
M. “threatened species” means any species that is likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range in New Mexico; the term may also include any species of fish or wildlife appearing on the United States list of endangered native and foreign fish and wildlife as set forth in Section 4 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 as threatened species, provided that the commission adopts the list in whole or in part; and
N. “wildlife” means any nondomestic mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish, mollusk or crustacean or any part, egg or offspring, or the dead body or parts thereof.
Citation: N. M. S. A. 1978, § 17-2-38.
A. As used in this section, “endangered plant species” means any plant species whose prospects of survival within the state are in jeopardy or are likely, within the foreseeable future, to become jeopardized. Regulations passed by the natural resources department establishing a list of endangered plant species shall include those species listed in the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 or as that act may be amended...
Citation: N. M. S. A. 1978, § 75-6-1.