Woodrow was trapped on a hike. His Story
Rocky Perished in a trap set in neighbor's yard. His Story

Brutus trapped in his own neighborhood. His story

McGee recovering after being trapped in his home neighborhood.

McGee was trapped near home. His Story
Gary Park and Nani Kula. Nani died in a Conibear-type trap set near Northern Nevada's Walker River. See their story

Luna was trapped in  Southern Nevada. Her story

Carol and Duke. Duke got trapped which started TrailSafe.

Beowulf Trapped on his own Private Property His Story

Gretchen and Gauge
Gretchen and Gauge. Gretchen was snared and almost died in a South Reno park. Their story

TrailSafe Nevada logo
Trailsafe Nevada is a Nevada grassroots citizen movement. We advocate protection and humane
treatment for wildlife and companion animals.


Contact us: info@trailsafe.org


Tabling with Project Coyote and the Mountain Lion Foundation at Art Paws July 12, 2015.

Working together for the sake of our beautiful predators. Link to photos - - on-site radio interview with Tom Jacobs.

Legislative Update: 2015 Session

See our latest newsletter for a round-up of significant legislation. Worst news: Now trap registration is optional as it was since 1995. Major step backwards for our wildlife and our state.


Thank you America Matters!

Not only was I interviewed by Tom Jacobs, but today, June 1, 2015, I had the privilege of another visit to the Chip Evans Show. Two very sharp and animal-friendly hosts!

The show broadcasts live on KRNG 101.3FM from the America Matters Studio at the Reno Town Mall. From http://americamatters.us/schedule/renegade-line-up/ you can listen live.

Come to the Reno Town Mall or call in with your questions or comments to 775.827.8900 or 855.790.8255 FREE.


AB78 as amended and SB4 as amended both pass.

AB78 was approved by both houses and was signed into law by the Governor. A sad day for Nevada predators.

Equally discouraging: at the last minute, SB4 sponsor, Senator James Settelmeyer, concurred with the amendment rendering trap registration optional. Now the bill is on its way to the Governor. Our game wardens lose a valuable means of apprehending violators. Our citizens and animals lose a valuable means of holding trappers liable for the damage they do.



Why We Support Trap Registration
* Trap registration enables Dept. of Wildlife game wardens to do their jobs. How can trap law be enforced unless violators can be traced and identified? There are several media reports of game wardens resorting to lengthy stake-outs to catch violators. One instance: Five game wardens rotated shifts to watch the traps for 130 hours, day and night, and the trapper never showed up.

* TrailSafe records numerous instances of companion animals injured or killed by traps. How can citizens place responsibility for these grievances without some way of identifying the trapper?

* Trap registration process is already in place with NV Department of Wildlife. For $10 a trapper will get an assigned number to use to identify his traps. There is no additional cost to the state.

* Between June, 2013 and Oct. 22, 2013, 155 trappers got assigned numbers. This was because our bill, SB213, passed and trappers were required to do so. An additional 43 got numbers between Oct. 2013 and January, 2015. This shows the system is working.

* Mandatory trap registration is the law. SB213 became law - NRS 503.452 - in 2013. We hope the Legislative Commission will approve the enabling regulation in June, 2015.

* 38 States require trap identification

* Trappers complain their traps might be stolen and then they would be charged for somebody else's violation if their number was on the illegally set trap. How often does this really happen? And is it sufficient reason not to identify traps? Registration might actually protect a trapper if he claims a trap is his, but was stolen.

* In summary: assigned numbers on traps protect public safety and assist law enforcement.



Sierra Wildlife Coalition Fall, 2014 Newsletter. The humane, state-of-the-art way to deal with beavers! You can follow SWC and their pioneering work on Facebook.




How to Open a Conibear(tm)-type trap!



bobcat in trap

New Incident Reports told to TrailSafe in person. Including a local hiker caught by his own leg in a snare trap in March in Griffith Canyon, a popular local hiking trail. So the claim humans don't get trapped is inaccurate no matter how trappers try to minimize. How many people trapped and injured are too many?

Judy Sturgis went to emergency room with hand injuries from trying to free her dog, Beowulf. The story:

Gary Park also had a trip to the ER and stiches. He still has numbness in his hand. The story:





Click here for May 2, 2011 audio interview with Brian Bahouth. "Audio: Trapping Lobby Flexes Muscle – the Denuding of SB 226"

Click here for June 9, 2011 audio interview with Brian Bahouth. "Audio: An Interview with Executive Director of TrailSafe Nevada Trish Swain" - discussing current status of our action.

Skunk suffering at Cottonwood Park March 2010
Gone but never forgotten, Li'l Stinker
suffering for hours on end until he was shot in the head.
He was
shot because skunks are "unprotected" by law. A cat trapped at the same time got medical care and eventual adoption. Orwell put it best: "Some animals are more equal than other animals."

This sad scene was in a city public park! In the river shallows designated for family recreation!

Another beaver rescue.Wildlife Emergency Services, San Jose Park Rangers, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo staff, and Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley worked together.


Opening a steel jaw leghold trap Conibear Traps Snare Traps
Leghold Traps Camouflaged Snare Trap Articles and Links
Nevada Trapping Laws Protected Trails Trapper Jane's Story: TrailSafe Mascot
Sample Letters Co-Existing with Wild Neighbors Selected Comments
Index of Non-Target Trappings Contact Us Visit and Like TrailSafe on Facebook
TrailSafe Illustrated Story and History Newsletters

Trap Incidents -- Stories from people throughout Nevada - Pets and Unintended Wildlife getting Trapped

Link to painful pictures. Beware! | Link to agonizing Born Free USA video |

Link to EXCELLENT video - releasing pets from traps. Don't miss!!! Produced by Wyoming Untrapped. Not Gory! Detailed, clear instructions!!


At last a happy video. Not too many of those where trapping is concerned. Watch Freedom, the bobcat, be liberated by Predator Defense in Oregon. Click here.

Below is well-produced video from HSUS, featured on YouTube. Woody Harrelson narrates. Awful things are portrayed, but no actual gore. Awful things happen to a toy fox which fully make the case for all of us who have a problem with trapping. Even though there's no real blood, I couldn't watch parts of it! The information is delivered so concisely, but here is all you need for Trapping 101 and what's wrong with trapping and the fur trade.

DO NOT MISS Tom Knudson's series in the Sacramento Bee. World-class, ground-breaking reporting on traps, coyotes, Wildlife Services and all related matters. Knudson makes the case against trapping and against Wildlife Services with a mass of evidence and solid reporting. This link is to: The Killing Agency: Wildlife Services' Brutal Methods Leave a Trail of Animal Death By linking to one article, you will find the others.


• More than 50,000 non-target animals have been killed since 2000 with indiscriminate tools such as traps, snares and poison.

• Killing of predators may be altering ecosystems, diminishing biodiversity.

• Rare and protected species have been killed, including golden and bald eagles.

• Family pets are among the accidental victims.

• Target and non-target animals often suffer.

• Wildlife is killed with no public notice, on public and private land.

See Interactive Graphics from Sac. Bee. Immense numbers of animals of almost every species killed indiscriminately for years on end by Wildlife Services. A lawsuit is pending against Wildlife Services in Nevada. For years this secretive agency has flown under the radar, killing massive numbers of animals with taxpayer money. See Details of the Lawsuit.


Coyotes killed by Wildlife Services in Nevada:

2011: 5176
2012: 4832
2013: 3576
January - June 2014: 1624

Read Wildlife Services Newsletter The Trapline for monthly reports of animals slain. Methods include shooting from aircraft, trapping, snaring, shooting, poisoning.

Here is Part 1 of Predator Defense's epic video: Liberating Freedom,
the bobcat, from a cruel snare trap.
For once, the animal gets a break.It's rare that an animal can be spared.


And here's Part 2. Brooks Fahy makes the point: This is nothing but "wanton destruction of wildlife"
Animals suffer terribly and "It serves no purpose"


Click here for delightful video: Oregon City police escort a lost beaver back to his pond. Why can't it be like that everyplace?
Click on photo to see video.

Trapper Jane recovering at Nevada Humane Society

Trapper Jane trapped near a school Aug. 22, 2010. She was treated at Nevada Humane Society where two toes on her left paw were amputated. Nobody claimed her despite media coverage, but happily today she has full agility and lives in bliss with TrailSafe Director Trish.

Full story

The RIGHT way to deal with raccoons in your attic!! By the way, they only stay a few weeks!!


501.100  Legislative declaration

Nevada Wildlife Law (emphasis mine)
"1. Wildlife in this State not domesticated and in its natural habitat is part of the natural resources
belonging to the people  of the State of Nevada."

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And I am my brother’s keeper,
And I will fight his fight;
And speak the word for beast and bird
Till the world shall set things right.

-Ella Wheeler Wilcox