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Hurd Hired as Wildlife Research Specialist at NMSU

LAS CRUCES - Brian J. Hurd has joined New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service as a wildlife research specialist.

Hurd will focus his research efforts on the interaction of wildlife habitat and agricultural production. His recent research has focused on the interface of elk and cattle in logged forest areas of the Sacramento Mountains near Cloudcroft.

He plans to remain active in area educational programs that teach young people about the diversity of wildlife in New Mexico. He has made a number of presentations to 4-H, FFA and public school groups.

"We teach the kids how to identify signs and tracks," Hurd said. "It's a very popular program. They really like to learn about wildlife."

A native of Chama, Hurd earned a bachelor's degree in wildlife science from NMSU and will complete his master's degree in wildlife science from NMSU in December. He is a member of the Wildlife Society and a recipient of the Doņa Ana County Associated Sportsmen's Scholarship Award and the Carol Gordon Memorial Scholarship.

He has worked as a graduate assistant and research assistant at NMSU, in addition to serving as a fisheries biology technician with the U.S. Forest Service. He also worked in a number of positions in the logging industry in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Hurd and his wife, Karen, live in Las Cruces.