Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: New Mexico
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

New Mexico Project

Mapping Big Game Migration Corridors - New Mexico

March 2020 - June 2024


Participating Agencies

  • US Geological Survey
  • New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Recent research indicates that migration corridors are culturally transmitted from one generation of ungulates to the next. Thus without appropriate management, the continued persistence of these migratory populations could be threatened. To assist state and federal management agencies make informed decisions regarding conservation of migratory populations, the location of migration routes, stopovers, and seasonal ranges need to be identified and mapped. This work is being done in response to Secretarial Order 3362, and will assist the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish with mapping big game migration corridors, stopover locations and seasonal ranges across the state. Once mapped, these geospatial data will then be used to inform land and wildlife management plans in order to ensure the long-term persistence of these populations through conservation of their migratory routes, seasonal ranges and stopovers.

Research Publications Publication Date
Kauffman, M., Lowrey, B., Beaupre, C., Bergen, S., Bergh, S., Blecha, K., Bundick, S., Burkett, H., Cain, J.W., III, Carl, P., Casady, D., Class, C., Courtemanch, A., Cowardin, M., Diamond, J., Dugger, K., Duvuvuei, O., Ennis, J.R., Flenner, M., Fort, J., Fralick, G., Freeman, I., Gagnon, J., Garcelon, D., Garrison, K., Gelzer, E., Greenspan, E., Hinojoza-Rood, V., Hnilicka, P., Holland, A., Hudgens, B., Kroger, B., Lawson, A., McKee, C., McKee, J.L., Merkle, J.R., Mong, T.W., Nelson, H., Oates, B., Poulin, M.-P., Reddell, C., Ritson, R., Sawyer, H., Schroeder, C., Shapiro, J., Sprague, S., Steiner, E., Steingisser, A., Stephens, S., Stringham, B., Swazo-Hinds, P.R., Tatman, N., Wallace, C.F., Whittaker, D., Wise, B., Wittmer, H.U., and Wood, E., 2024, Ungulate migrations of the Western United States, volume 4: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2024–5006, 86 p., April 2024
Kauffman, M., B. Lowrey, J. Beck, J. Berg, S. Bergen, J. Berger, J. Cain, S. Dewey, J. Diamond, O. Duvuvuei, J. Fattebert, J. Gagnon, J. Garcia, E. Greenspan, E. Hall, G. Harper, S. Harter, Stan, K. Hersey, P. Hnilicka, M. Hurley, L. Knox, A. Lawson, E. Maichak, J. Meacham, J. Merkle, A. Middleton, D. Olson, L. Olson, C. Reddell, B. Robb, G. Rozman, H. Sawyer, C. Schroeder, B. Scurlock, J. Short, S. Sprague, A. Steingisser, and N. Tatman. 2022. Ungulate migrations of the western United States, Volume 2: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2022–5008, 160 p., April 2022