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CLARK COUNTY PROPOSED TRAPPING RESOLUTION

 

For reasons of public safety, administration, or public use and enjoyment; and


WHEREAS, The Department of the Interior adopted regulations in 1993 that made a distinction between the terms "hunting" and "trapping"; designated certain areas of the Red Rock area as closed to trapping and prohibited trapping therein; and, for public safety purposes, designated certain areas of the Red Rock area closed to hunting; and

WHEREAS, Chapter 503 of the Nevada Revised Statutes includes statutory provisions on hunting and trapping and provides for the administration and enforcement of such laws by the State Department of Wildlife and the establishment of policies and regulations relating to such laws by the State Board of Wildlife Commissioners; and

WHEREAS, Concerns have been raised about the use of leg hold, body crushing, and snare traps including the following: o Whether such traps are cruel and inhumane especially in terms of the injury
and suffering inflicted on the trapped animal and the length of time that animals may be trapped since traps are only required by law to be checked every 96 hours;
o Whether the use of such traps in congested and residential areas poses a safety risk for children and pets;
o The degree to which these types of traps capture non-target animals (estimated to be as high as 67%); and

WHEREAS, Legislation has been passed in at least 8 other states banning or severely restricting the use of these types of traps; and

WHEREAS, Concerns about trapping resulted in the introduction of Senate Bill 226 in 2011 with the original text of the measure making it unlawful for a person in Clark
and Washoe Counties to trap fur-bearing mammals using a trap, other than a box or cage trap, within 1000 yards of an occupied dwelling located within an area of the County in
which the discharge of firearms is prohibited; and

WHEREAS, After a hearing before the Senate Natural Resources Committee, Senate Bill 226 was amended, passed, and signed by the Governor, and requires the State Board of Wildlife Commissioners to adopt regulations governing the trapping of furbearing mammals in residential areas of Clark and Washoe Counties; and

WHEREAS, The proposed regulation of the Board of Wildlife Commissioners, as presented at its March 23 meeting, would prohibit the use of traps, other than a box or cage trap, within 1/2 mile of a residence within the congested areas of Clark and Washoe Counties; and

WHEREAS, A trapping ban in the Red Rock area, as well as the remainder of Clark County, would enhance public safety, end an inhumane and indiscriminate practice, and heighten the experience residents and visitors would have knowing that they did not have to be concerned about the use of traps; and

WHEREAS, Clark County's authority with respect to trapping within both the Red Rock area and the remainder of the County is currently limited and therefore the County must rely on the federal and state governments to make additional decisions on trapping that are in the best interests of the citizens of the County.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of Clark County, That the Board, through the passage of this Resolution, with respect to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area:
1) Expresses its belief that trapping in the Red Rock area conflicts with the stated recreational purpose of the area as expressed both by Congress and the State of Nevada;
2) Encourages the State of Nevada to work with the federal Department of the Interior to strengthen the recreational purposes of the Red Rock area by prohibiting
trapping in the entire area, either through the rulemaking process or through amendments to the federal law establishing the Red Rock area or through amendments to state law;
and
3) Requests the federal Bureau of Land Management to enforce the no trapping regulation in the area currently restricted by the Federal Supplemental Rules to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Establishment Act of 1990.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Board, through the passage of this Resolution, with respect to trapping in the remainder of Clark County:
1) Encourages the State of Nevada to prohibit trapping of fur-bearing mammals in the other portions of Clark County within the state's jurisdiction;
2) As an alternative to prohibiting trapping of fur-bearing mammals in Clark County, encourages the State of Nevada to consider all of the following:
o Prohibiting trapping in all areas of Clark County that are within one mile of any designated hiking trail or any trail designated for the use of horses and pack animals;
o Prohibiting the use of any trap, other than a box or cage trap, in Clark County or, at a minimum, in all residential areas of Clark County;
o Requiring traps to be checked more frequently than currently required by law; and
o Making registration and/or marking of traps mandatory.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be posted on the Clark County Internet website and that copies be sent to the members of the Nevada
congressional delegation, the members of the Nevada Assembly and Senate from Clark County; Governor Brian Sandoval; Ken Mayer, Director, State Department of Wildlife;
Michael McBeath, Chairman, Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners; the Clark County Advisory Board to Manage Wildlife; the Las Vegas District Office of the Bureau
of Land Management; Ken Salazar, Secretary, federal Department of the Interior; and to any other agency or person as directed by the Director of the Clark County Department of
Administrative Services.


PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the Clark County Commission, Nevada
this _____ day of _______, 2012.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
CLARK COUNTY, NEVADA
BY: ____________________________________
SUSAN BRAGER, Chair
ATTEST:
____________________________
DIANA ALBA, County Clerk