Game Commission chair steps down

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The chair of the New Mexico Game Commission has resigned after someone he was with on a hunting trip illegally killed a cougar.

Scott Bidegain turned in his resignation letter over the weekend.

On Monday, he was charged with a misdemeanor for being an accessory in the cougar’s death.

Game and Fish officials say the incident happened earlier this month in San Miguel County and that Bidegain did not kill the cougar himself, but was there when it happened.

Game and Fish will not elaborate on exactly what happened.

Bidegain said he believed it was in the commission’s best interest that he step down. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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