Legislative Update: 2015 Session
See our latest newsletter for a round-up of significant legislation. Worst news: Now trap registration is optional as it was since 1995. Major step backwards for our wildlife and our state.
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AB78 as amended and SB4 as amended both pass.
AB78 was approved by both houses and was signed into law by the Governor. A sad day for Nevada predators.
Equally discouraging: at the last minute, SB4 sponsor, Senator James Settelmeyer, concurred with the amendment rendering trap registration optional. Now the bill is on its way to the Governor. Our game wardens lose a valuable means of apprehending violators. Our citizens and animals lose a valuable means of holding trappers liable for the damage they do.
Why We Support Trap Registration
* Trap registration enables Dept. of Wildlife game wardens to do their jobs. How can trap law be enforced unless violators can be traced and identified? There are several media reports of game wardens resorting to lengthy stake-outs to catch violators. One instance: Five game wardens rotated shifts to watch the traps for 130 hours, day and night, and the trapper never showed up.
* TrailSafe records numerous instances of companion animals injured or killed by traps. How can citizens place responsibility for these grievances without some way of identifying the trapper?
* Trap registration process is already in place with NV Department of Wildlife. For $10 a trapper will get an assigned number to use to identify his traps. There is no additional cost to the state.
* Between June, 2013 and Oct. 22, 2013, 155 trappers got assigned numbers. This was because our bill, SB213, passed and trappers were required to do so. An additional 43 got numbers between Oct. 2013 and January, 2015. This shows the system is working.
* Mandatory trap registration is the law. SB213 became law - NRS 503.452 - in 2013. We hope the Legislative Commission will approve the enabling regulation in June, 2015.
* 38 States require trap identification
* Trappers complain their traps might be stolen and then they would be charged for somebody else's violation if their number was on the illegally set trap. How often does this really happen? And is it sufficient reason not to identify traps? Registration might actually protect a trapper if he claims a trap is his, but was stolen.
* In summary: assigned numbers on traps protect public safety and assist law enforcement.
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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: