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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Komadina, Steve
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1/23/06
HB
SHORT TITLE
SM 2
ANALYST Earnest
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
NFI
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Department of Game and Fish (DGF)
Tourism Department (TD)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Memorial 2 requests that the federal government look at improving management of wild
horse herds and developing tourism programs at national wild horse territories. The memorial
resolves that the Federal government should endeavor to maintain a minimum herd size and use
contraception rather than selling excess animals as a means of herd size management. It further
resolves that helicopters not be used to round up wild horses.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
None.
PERFORMANCE IMPLICATIONS
The Tourism Department supports activities and programs that result in increasing the number of
tourists visiting New Mexico, a key performance measure for NMTD.
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Senate Memorials 2 Page 2
TECHNICAL ISSUES
According to the Department of Game and Fish, management of wild horses has some possibility
of conflicting with wildlife management. Eliminating round up of wild horses with helicopters
helps alleviate concerns of disturbance to wildlife species, especially ungulate species during
calving or fawning seasons. Depending on the location of the wild horse territories and the
number of horses in each herd, there is a possibility of competition for habitat between wild
horses and native ungulate species. Also, contraception methods need to be species specific to
wild horses to avoid the risk of affecting non-target wildlife species.
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