Results: Petition on Coyote Contest Hunts:
They voted us down. 7 - 1. Only our brave Commissioner Karen Layne voted for us. But as usual she was the lone voice on our side. Not a surprising outcome. The Wildlife Commission is obliged to respect opinions of the county Advisory Boards to Manage Wildlife and all those CABs voted against the petition. And they don't see us as their "constituents". Our opposition is solid and not necessarily people who organize these "hunts". They are the usual opposition - the trappers, the large hunting organizations - the same coalitions who defend trapping whether or not they trap.
Nevertheless, there is encouraging news. Project Coyote was there speaking for us. Let's hope they keep working with us because they have the experience and the manpower and the knowledge we need. Also good news that so many on our side showed up and gave excellent testimony. Everybody has to keep showing up. We will never win if just a few of us go to the front lines over and over. We need to show NUMBERS.
Thank you so much, everybody who sent emails, cared, showed up, spoke so eloquently. It was a memorable day because of the long line of folks testifying and their passion and concern for wildlife.
Friday March 20, 8:30AM, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno - Petitioning Wildlife Commission to Ban Coyote Contest Hunts
These "hunts" are a national phenomenon. Participants pay an entrance fee and the money is pooled for prizes. Prizes may be for largest coyote slain, most coyotes slain, and so forth. Prizes are usually awarded at a celebration after the hunt. These events are sometimes advertised as "calling" contests. Competitors try to lure coyotes within gun range through various calling devices or strategies.
The coyote is an unprotected species in many states, including Nevada. This means there are no rules to protect these animals from mass slaughter. Legitimate hunting has bag limits and other restrictions, unlike these events.There is a widespread, outdated misconception that these intelligent, resourceful predators should be eliminated. Animal organizations are working to bring a halt to these killfests and to spread the truth about coyotes and their valuable role in the ecosystem. California recently achieved a ban on such "hunts", and New Mexico is halfway to achieving a ban. Similar efforts are underway in Oregon and Colorado.
Dr. Don Molde, co-founder of Nevadans for Responsible Wildlife Management, will petition the Wildlife Commission at the March 20 Reno meeting. This is an alert!! Everyone who wants decent, enlightened treatment of our wildlife, please be present. The meeting will be at Truckee Meadows Community College, starting at 8:30 AM. This petition will be early on the agenda. More details to be posted soon.
No animal is a "varmint" Each has intrinsic value. It is irrational to assume an animal is evil or bad just because it is an effective predator.
Mass coyote killings don't eliminate the animals. The "rebound effect" is well known to biologists. More coyotes show up to fill vacancies.Birth rates increase and other coyotes migrate to the area.
These contests frequently involve families. Children are being taught to regard some animals as worthless, and to consider killing as a solution to conflicts.
Our public lands and the wildlife that by law belong to all of us are being violated.
There is no "science" in this situation.
Why should agricultural interests control public policy? There are proven, effective methods for non-lethal co-existence with coyotes. Why are the rest of us held hostage to agricultural "traditions", biases, and misconceptions?
The very people who demand coyote killings then come to meetings and complain because they are over-run with rodents!! Their solution to rodent problems: traps!! Let's remind everybody that coyotes provide free, organic pest control.
Monday February 16, Legislature Meet and Greet TrailSafe will be tabled with other local animal protection groups at the State Legislature Building . The event was beautifully organized and well attended. We enjoyed many productive meetings and conversations, and gained some new subscribers.
Thanks to Tom Jacobs for a terrific interview on his show Animal Life Radio yesterday, Feb. 11, 2015. You can hear the podcast at ftp://shows.americamatters.us/Show/Animal%20Life/15-02-14%20Animal%20Life%201%20Hour.mp3
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This was an opportunity to tell the entire TrailSafe and League of Humane Voters-Nevada story. Please listen and spread the word!
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The Legislative Commission voted to delay any decisions on the trap visitation regulation until after this Legislative session. That means it won't be re-visited until June, 2015.
Below is an overview of this regulation. Animals would still suffer four days in traps.
Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners’ Meeting-
Tonopah, NV -
Friday June 20, 2014 -
Saturday June 21, 2014
Near the end of an 11-hour meeting, the Commission voted to reduce the already measly areas selected for shorter trap visitation and made other changes - all favoring trappers - they extended the visitation time in the remaining even-more-tiny areas to two calendar days. The remainder of the state...virtually all of it....stays at 96 hours and there were no protections of any sort added to the regs that would benefit non-target animals and birds.
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Areas 194,195 and part of 196 near Reno-Sparks have been changed to 2 calendar days. Hunt unit 192, (Douglas County) was excluded and trappers using box or cage traps still have 96 hours to visit no matter where their traps are set.
Clark County selected areas were reduced in size and the time was extended to two calendar days. Cold Creek will be included in areas requiring a half mile setback from residences - which is one improvement - The box trap exemption also applies in Clark County.
TrailSafe on Radio Program
Dr. Don Molde and I were guests on the Chip Evans show Monday July 21 from noon - 12:30 talking about TrailSafe Nevada and trapping in Nevada.
We will be on the show again, possibly after the August 15 - 16 Wildlife Commission meetings.
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.
There is so much confusion about our law SB 213 these days. 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.
How to Open a Conibear(tm)-type 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: