M.S. in Animals and Public Policy Externship Experience (MAPP)
WildEarth Guardians: Reforming Wildlife Management in New Mexico Click link to see presentation
WildEarth Guardians in New Mexico, Southern Rockies Wildlife Advocate
During my time at WildEarth Guardians, I worked primarily with the Southern Rockies Wildlife Advocate in a collaborative effort to develop a report on the state of trapping in New Mexico. (Update: Report release January 2021, “Report details the many problems of traps on public lands.”) This work involved researching and compiling information on state trapping regulations, trapping expenses and pelt prices, and the ecological benefits of commonly trapped species. Additionally, I created and updated campaign materials such as fact sheets and brochures. We tabled at many farmers markets throughout the summer to spread awareness of our Trap Free New Mexico campaign and collect signatures for petitions and memberships. I was also able to attend and speak at several commission meetings to attempt to get two counties in southern New Mexico to end their contracts with Wildlife Services. The MAPP program was crucial in preparing me for many aspects of this internship, including developing infographics and report writing, speaking concisely and effectively to a targeted audience, and understanding animal issues from a variety of viewpoints in order to more effectively communicate with a variety of constituents. This internship provided me with excellent opportunities to experience what it’s like to work as a non-profit animal advocate.
Quote in the local newspaper,
“Mikaila Wireman, with Wildlife Guardians, took a few minutes, to speak to commissioners. ‘We are not trying to take away this contract. We are simply asking that it be more transparent, accountable and humane,’ Wireman said.”
Las Cruces Sun News article, “County’s new contract with wildlife services requires twice using non-lethal methods“. (Click link for the full news article.)
At the county commission meeting on July 9, 2019, and some game camera photos taken in the Santa Fe National Forest: