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.
The demerit items moved forward and staff will give a preview on trapper education at a future date. August will be the next meeting.
They could have voted to do nothing, as the trappers wanted, so they did next to nothing. There is no relief for animal suffering in this.
Politics isn't for the fragile! Let's get into action and get over this setback! Express your disappointment to the Commission and the Governor if you wish. The Governor appoints the Commissioners. It's time to appoint two new Commissioners so it's a good opportunity to tell the Governor we want Commissioners who understand the humane ethic.
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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.
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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: