ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—State wildlife and agriculture officials are teaming up with a nonprofit group to help New Mexico ranchers defray the extra cost of hauling and pumping water during the drought.

The Department of Game and Fish has made a one-time allotment of $40,000 to the Department of Agriculture as part of an effort to provide the state's wildlife with water.

The money will pass through the New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts, where ranchers can apply for up to $350 to pay for things such as fuel to haul or pump water.

Game and Fish Director Jim Lane says anytime a rancher provides water for cattle, wildlife will also benefit from that water.

New Mexico is in its third year of extreme drought, and recent thunderstorms have brought little relief.