Wednesday, November 21, 2012

State needs tighter rules for trapping

    Wow! Seventy-four percent of those voting on Nov. 6 have voted to add an amendment to the Idaho Constitution that basically allows the trapping, torture and the sadistic pleasure of watching a living animal suffer a horrible death. If you think this is OK then what else are you willing to accept?
    Idaho Fish and Game allows legtraps to be set 5 feet from the center of public paths and as close as 300 feet to a picnic area. How many of us walk their dogs on public paths and use campsites that have picnic tables? Trappers are not required to post any markers indicating that there is a legtrap in a very close vicinity nor are they required to let anyone know where they are. Traps can be triggered years from now just like land mines—they never disarm themselves. I’m sure that the mentality of anyone who sets a trap would have no reservations of just leaving it.
    At the very least, trappers should be required to:
( Flag the location of every trap that they set.
( Notify Idaho Fish and Game that a trap has been set.
( Every trap should have a non-removable tag that identifies the trapper who put it there.
( Check traps every 24 hours and not 72 hours as now required.
    These steps can at least minimize the chance of humans and animals being caught in unsuspected traps.
Chuck Abramo

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