About Pete Encinias, Owner/Operator

Introduction to the Gopher Guys 1
  • Founding Date 2013
  • Owner/Operator Pete D. Encinias Jr
  • Wildlife Expert
  • 20 years in veterinary field with 10 years specialized in veterinary ophthalmology 
  • Helped rehabilitate Timber Wolves/Golden Eagle and other wildlife
  • 20+ year’s experience in nuisance wildlife control field


NMDA CAL License #6944
Nuisance Permit #145 Issued by State of New Mexico
IPM Purdue University

Our Method

  • Green Solutions
  • Multiple Methods
  • Primary is Mechanical Trapping
  • Government/Residential/Commercial and Agriculture
  • Electronic and Safe Communications for Billing and Scheduling
  • Professional/Prompt
  • Large Service Area

Locally Owned and Operated

  • Rio Rancho New Mexico
  • Subject Matter Experts
  • No National Chain/Corporate issues to deal with
  • Close working relationships with many local government agencies including
  • City of Albuquerque/City of Santa Fe/Bernalillo County/New Mexico tech/Los Alamos Parks and Recreation/NMMI/Ladera Golf Course/Marty Sanchez Golf Course/Towa Golf Course/Buffalo Thunder resort/State of New Mexico

Pete founded Gopher Guys, LLC in Albuquerque, NM in 2013. He grew up in White Rock, NM. Being raised in such a wildlife-rich area, he quickly realized his passion for animals. Pete and his brother Paul franchised a company in Los Alamos, NM in 2005 called Kritter Gitters. This company was dedicated to humanely trapping and relocating animals and specialized in rattlesnake relocation. While growing his company Pete also worked full-time as a veterinary technician specializing in ophthalmology. As an ophthalmology technician, he dedicated many years to helping wildlife. Some of the wildlife Pete helped include Wolves, Mountain Lions, Golden Eagles, and Owls. Take a look at our wildlife gallery for a peak inside our daily work adventures.

As the founder of Gopher Guys, LLC he is dedicated to the humane treatment of all animals. He understands that the wildlife we sometimes call a nuisance were here before us and are trying to carve out a niche in today’s busy metropolitan areas. Pete enjoys fishing, camping, and football. And, most of all, Pete enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife Lara, his daughter Aria and his son Cruz. He prides himself in being a hands-on company owner and is always available to speak to his customers directly.

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