RANCHING AND WILDLIFE

 
   
  As ranchers manage and care for their cattle, wildlife benefits as well.  Ranchers maintain water sources and provide salt, mineral supplements and supplemental feed sources when necessary.  These resources benefit the cattle as well as the wildlife in the area.

Following are several photos taken using a camera placed at a rancher's drinker east of Silver City, New Mexico.  These photos give us a glimpse of the variety of wildlife that utilize the water resources provided by ranchers.

Despite these benefits, many environmental groups are opposed to grazing and ranching activities.