Enact Trapping Reform!
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A trapper can legally set their trap on a hiking trail, your dog can be injured or killed in it, and the trapper is not liable in any way. It has happened many times before, and will keep happening unless you act now to voice support for trapping regulation changes.
Wyoming Game and Fish was going to propose trapping trail setbacks (trap-free zones) to prevent these conflicts but changed course. Participate in the public process to show how many constituents want trapping setbacks implemented!
Furbearer trapping can occur almost anywhere on public lands in Wyoming, even directly upon hiking trails. 5 dogs have been trapped in and around Jackson Hole since 2011. These incidents happen suddenly and without any warning, leaving a pet owner shocked and horrified as their pet struggles, becomes injured, or even dies before their very eyes. Dog owners and other public land users deserve safety while recreating on the public lands that belong to everyone.
There are several simple, reasonable changes that can help mitigate these incidents, including:
1.) Implementing furbearer trapping setbacks of 300 feet along the most popular trails in Teton County. Setbacks should include all types of furbearer traps and sets.
2.) Closing Snow King Mountain to furbearer trapping. This area is used by countless recreational users with their pets, as it is right upon the urban-wildland interface in Jackson. Two drainages, Cache Creek and Lower Flat Creek, make up the Greater Snow King Area and serve as an effective delineation of the closure.
3.) Requiring reporting of non-target catches, including dogs.
4.) Increasing warning signs of trapping at popular trailheads.
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