Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Mexico

Q: I found a dead squirrel on the side of the road. Is it legal for me to cure/taxidermy and display it?

I want to taxidermy and display a squirrel I found, but I'm unsure of if it's legal after a friend informed me that it can be illegal in some areas.

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A: In New Mexico, laws regarding the collection, possession, and display of dead animals can vary depending on local regulations and permits. Generally, it is legal to collect and keep certain roadkill or found animal specimens for personal use if they are not protected or endangered species. However, there may be restrictions on displaying taxidermied animals, especially if you plan to sell or exhibit them in public spaces.

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