Deer aren’t the only animals at-risk in these crashes. Others include elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, black bears, and even cougars. Data from the state’s Department of Transportation reveals that over the last two decades, more than 600 bears and 150 cougars were involved in crashes.
This isn’t the first law in New Mexico to address the issue. In 2019, lawmakers passed the New Mexico Wildlife Corridors Act, which put the state on the path to developing a comprehensive action plan. Now, the newest law directs state agencies to start implementing those plans.