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NM gov provides money to enforce cockfighting ban

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Bill Richardson is providing $150,000 in federal economic stimulus money for law enforcement against cockfighting and dogfighting in New Mexico.

The governor's office said Thursday $100,000 in federal aid will go to manage a herd of 600 wild horses on the Jicarilla Apache Nation in northern New Mexico. The herd is too large and competes with cattle, elk and deer for food. The state Livestock Board will oversee a contractor in developing what Richardson calls "human solutions" to the overpopulation, including the relocation and adoption of horses.

New Mexico banned cockfighting in 2007. Richardson said the $150,000 will pay for an investigator as well as training for law enforcement to respond to cockfighting and animal cruelty cases.

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