New Mexico man facing charges for illegal trapping

New Mexico
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A Chimayo man is facing dozens of charges for illegally trapping animals, including a family pet. 

Marty Cordova is accused of placing traps within 25 yards of a road, as well as not marking his traps and failing to check them daily. 

When conservation officers searched Cordova’s home last month, they say they found pelts and skulls from bobcats, foxes, badgers and ringtails. A dog named Roxy also died after getting caught in one of Cordova’s traps. 

While Cordova’s alleged actions are already illegal under state law, lawmakers are holding it up as an example for why they want to ban all trapping on public lands. 

The bill moving through the legislature is nicknamed “Roxy’s Law.” 

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