Trapping Regulation Committee Next Meetings
Friday, March 7, 2014 @ 3:00 p.m., at the NDOW Elko Office - 60 Youth Center Road,
Elko, NV 89801
Phone: (775) 777-2300
Saturday, March 8, 2014 @ 1:00 p.m., at the Reno NDOW office - 1100 Valley Road,
Reno, NV 89512
Phone: (775) 688-1500
Agenda will be posted after February 24. Watch this space. As ever, we hope all the TrailSafe supporters will be there.
TrailSafe on Radio Program
Dr. Don Molde and I were guests on the Chip Evans show Monday Jan. 20 from noon - 12:30 talking about TrailSafe Nevada and trapping in Nevada.
We will be on the show again discussing recent Trapping Regulation Committee meeting. Watch this space for date and time.
The show broadcasts live on KRNG 101.3FM from the America Matters Studio at the Reno Town Mall. The program is also heard online nationwide (go to www.americamatters.us and hit the Listen Live button) and on smartphones using the TuneIn Radio app. During the show, there will be postings to the America Matters and Nevada Matters Facebook pages and to our LinkedIn and Twitter accounts about our discussion. Come to the Reno Town Mall or call in with your questions or comments to 775.827.8900 or 855.790.8255.
Trapping Regulation Committee meeting was Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6PM.
Stalemate. Because our bill SB213 was amended to read that the Wildlife Commission will "consider" shorter visitation times - not mandate them as we had intended - trappers said they will not do anything because there is no mandate to action. We presented our map of areas we consider in need of shorter (24 hour) trap visitation.
The Wildlife Commission tells trappers they need to take some sort of action, but so far they will not do so. There will be more meetings to hash this out. Watch this space and the newsletter!
There is so much confusion about our law SB 213 these days. It's like rolling a boulder uphill all day long to sort it out. Incorrect information, unfortunately, finds its way into the media. A few facts for the record:
It was not the intent of SB213 to exempt private property owners from registering their traps. It was considered, but never written into the law. There are arguments on both sides, but the arguments against this exemption held the day.
The requirement to register traps has nothing to do with household mousetraps. LCB confirms that vermin are covered in other sections of the law and are NOT included in wildlife law.
The Legislative Commission delayed further consideration of the Regulation R-017-13 until 2015. Regulation 017-13 was written by Nevada Dept. of Wildlife with amendments by the Wildlife Commission. It was not written by TrailSafe.SB 213 is not a regulation. It is law. It remains.
Observation: Private property owners testify time and time again how plagued they are by rodents -"gophers" - a catchall term. They set dozens of mousetraps. Now they're afraid game wardens will raid their homes and nail them for unregistered mousetraps. Hint: coyotes will catch as many or more rodents.The property owners might consider co-existing with Nature's mousetrappers. Or. . .if the private property owner has exterminated all the local coyotes, why can't he/she adopt barn cats from Nevada Humane Society? Then they wouldn't need dozens of traps on their land. They would have rodent control beyond their wildest dreams.
Trapping Regulation Committee meeting Sept. 21 in Las Vegas - Some highlights.
Thank you so much to everyone who sent emails (made a big impact!) and everyone who gave time and testimony.
See September 28, 2013 Newsletter for highlights. The Commission seemed more receptive to us - which created a good tone for the meeting. Commissioners received a big volume of support email for our side, which they acknowledged. We had plenty of testimony from not only the regular activists, but some new faces as well. Now we are tasked with preparing maps indicating the areas in "close proximity to a populated or heavily used area" that we think should require more frequent trapper visitation.
The next Trapping Regulation Committee meeting will be in Reno area around late Oct. or early Nov. It will be duelling maps as we present ours and the trappers theirs. We'll send a newsletter with all the pertinent info.
New Video!! How to Open a Conibear(tm)-type trap!
Our Amended Bill is now Law
The Governor signed SB213. It is now law. So once again traps have to be registered with the Dept. of Wildlife (as was required before 1995). It will be up to the Wildlife Commission to determine the method of affixing numbers to traps, i.e. should they be stamped onto the trap or should a metal tag be attached to the chain? And now it will be up to Wildlife Commission to determine areas where shorter trap visitation time is required.
Thanks over and over to all who testified and emailed and helped in this effort.
Latest trapping report: From a Dec. 29, 2012 email:
Here is the photo of the bobcat and coyote we found walking the dogs on canoe hill. The coordinates are utm 11s 269755 4385101. Note: the photo is very disturbing. Follow this link.
How would you like to come across a sight like this with your children? Some heartless person left these skinned carcasses.
This was right around Thanksgiving about a quarter mile from houses off of dirt road into the hills. There were no traps, just the carcasses as if they were dumped. So disgusting. Have there been any traps that you know of in this area? Canoe hill and out past eagle canyon park? If anybody has seen traps in this area, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 are too many?