BY MAYOR O’NEILL
The Los Alamos Police Department reminds residents to obey local laws regarding the unloading of firearms and other hunting devices.
The Los Alamos Municipal Code states that it is “illegal to shoot or discharge a firearm or other magazine by muzzle within 1000 meters, or any bow and arrow, crossbow or other hunting device unless 150 meters from any dwelling, house or inhabited building…. “The safe use of bows and arrows is permitted on private property. It is also illegal to” launch, launch, fire or throw by amy any type of missile, object or substance in any way. in a manner reasonably likely to cause injury to persons or damage to property. ”The complete section is below.
LAPD Cmdr. Oliver Morris did not comment on allegations of an encounter with two archery men near the Pueblo Canyon pedestrian bridge accompanied by an LAPD officer. He said the LAPD had not received a report but was looking into the matter.
Alex Viech told the Los Alamos Reporter on Wednesday morning that he and a friend were hiking the edge of the Pueblo Canyon on Tuesday evening before sunset near the old sewage treatment plant when they observed people shooting at the arch at the other end of the pedestrian bridge near the Olive end. Street. Viech said he approached an LAPD officer who was with the two men and asked him what was going on. He said the officer told him the men had been hired by the New Mexico Department of Fish and Game “to deal with aggressive coyotes.”
Viech said he had a long discussion with the men and argued with them over the merits of managing the coyotes. He said one of the men told him he considered it a public service. Viech said he and his friend were worried about the number of people walking, running and mountain biking in the area.
Cmdr. Morris said he contacted NMDG & F who told him they don’t contract with anyone to shoot coyotes because coyotes are not a game species. He noted that while it is legal to kill coyotes, the laws mentioned above must be followed. He reiterated the law and the distance requirements for firearms or bows and arrows.
The relevant section of the Municipal Code can be consulted at the following address: https://library.municode.com/nm/los_alamos_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH28OFMIPR