Results of Assembly Natural Resources Committee Hearing:
SB 213 was amended and passed as amended by the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on May 16. This means the amended bill must pass on the Assembly floor. If so, then it is sent back to the Senate Natural Resources Committee for their concurrence on the amendments. So there are several hurdles before final passage of this bill.
We're glad to say the bill still mandates trap registration. And it still enables the Wildlife Commission to consider shorter trap visitation times near populated areas.
Would your emails help the cause at this point?
Most importantly, say what you want to say in your own words. Be sure to include your name and address in your message. cc firstname.lastname@example.org please.
As citizens, you can always ask questions and state your opinions. Your emails go to:
1.Senator David Parks, our Sponsor. Please thank him for his guidance, his compassion for animals, and his steadfast support of our cause.
2.Senator Aaron Ford, Chairman, Senate Natural Resources Committee. Decision about whether to accept new amendment will be up to him.
3. Assemblyman Skip Daly, Chairman, Assembly Natural Resources Committee. The newest amendments were approved by him and by his committee.
You could ask:
What motivated legislators to amend SB 213 as they did? Why do they consider these amendments necessary?
Who wrote or sponsored the amendments?
You are glad the bill still mandates trap registration. Trap registration will help law enforcement and it will give owners of injured companion or service animals an avenue for assigning liability.
You support the measure that enables the Wildlife Commission to set shorter visitation times closer to populated areas because it is a step in the right direction -- toward shortening the time an animal suffers in a trap. You insist the maximum of 96 hours be applied only in remote areas. Closer to population, you would prefer visitation time as short as 24 hours.
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 email@example.com
Another recent illegal trap report: Via email.
Jan 2, 2013 I went for a hike a few hours ago and my dogs scared a big 'ol hunting dog out of a dense juniper area and off he went. We went to my neighbor's house.
Today we asked him if he was missing any of his hunting dogs. He wasn't, so I'm pretty sure the hound I saw today was one of the three Red Rock Hounds left behind (from the allegedly illegal coyote hunt). BUT, he said one of his dogs got caught in a leg-hold trap right above our house about a week ago. It took this fellow 7 or 8 hours to find the dog. . He said if he finds out who set that trap so near these homes he would insist that the guy pull all of them in this area . . .
What's interesting is that since our property isn't clearly marked above our house, the trapper would probably get away with it and our neighbor would probably be cited for making off with the trapper's trap.
I am now afraid to hike on my own property for fear there are more traps set here.
I advised this correspondent to contact NV Dept. of Wildlife and tell them the trap was set illegally close to residences, on her property without her permission.
Candidate Forum Oct. 7, 2012 great success! See photo album online! Following the excellent model set by Nevada Political Action for Animals, northern Nevada animal advocacy groups and interested citizens met with local candidates to share information about animal issues, including trapping. Candidates Sheila Leslie, Kitty Jung, David Ward, Scott Freeman and Cliff Young attended. Animal groups represented were: TrailSafe Nevada, Nevada Humane Society, No Bear Hunt Nevada, Peggy Rew representing American Red Cross first aid for pets, Kristin Ivey representing Dog Rehabilitation.NPAA has been active in Clark County for 14 years. We are pleased to bring this event to northern Nevada. NPAA assigns grades to legislators and candidates according to their positions on humane issues. Seehttp://helpanimalsnv.org/NVVotingRecord.pdf for candidate voting records and NPAA evaluations.
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?