Our Own Radio Show - Bunny Huggers!!
Camilla Fox, founder and director of Project Coyote, was an honored guest on my second Bunny Huggers Radio show Wed. May 18 at 9AM America Matters Media KCKQ AM 1180
This show is the realization of a long-held dream to have our own show. Please call in to Toll-Free Worldwide:
844.790.TALK (8255) alternate Wednesdays to share our Bunny Hugger viewpoint with the world. Here is a link to the epic Camilla Fox interview:
mp3s/Bunny Hugger Show 16-05-18.mp3
Watch this space for upcoming shows and podcasts.
Vigil for Our Coyotes
Coyote contest hunts or “calling contests” indiscriminately kill vast numbers of our native Song Dogs throughout the year and throughout the country.
May 14 we held a Prayer Vigil to protect our coyote brethren from a planned contest hunt. It was well attended and powerfully uplifting.Thank you to Mr. Norman Harry for Paiute prayers and drumming.
Wildlife Commission Rejected Coyote Hunt Ban Petition Nov. 13
The vote was 5-2 (two Commissioners were absent) to reject the petition. New Commissioner Kerstan Hubbs and Commissioner Dave McNinch were the dissenting votes, saying the matter deserves more discussion.
Project Coyote Film event successful!
Our second film event on October 16 was also a standing-room-only success! Thank you to all who came and made it obvious our community cares for and appreciates our wildlife, including our predators!
Screening was an epic success!! Screening of award winning film "Exposed" and film Freedom the Bobcat, Parts 1 & 2 , both produced by Predator Defense, drew a crowd of over 160 at the Nevada Museum of Art Theater Sept. 16.
Our guest, Brooks Fahy, Executive Director of Predator Defense, says: "The audience was intelligent, engaged and compassionate. It is truly encouraging to meet so many people who care deeply about reforming how we treat wildlife in this country."
Thanks to all who attended. This event was made possible by generous donations and assistance from Nevada Wildlife Alliance.
L-R Trish Swain, Brooks Fahy, Fauna Tomlinson, Don Molde
Legislative Update: 2015 Session
See our June 7, 2015 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.
AB78 as amended and SB4 as amended both pass.
A sad outcome for Nevada predators. This bill enables a policy of lethal "management" of Nevada predators, all but insuring that non-lethal co-existence will not be considered.
Equally discouraging: at the last minute, SB4 sponsor, Senator James Settelmeyer, concurred with the amendment rendering trap registration optional. Our game wardens lose a valuable means of apprehending violators. Our citizens and animals lose a 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 was the law. SB213 became law - NRS 503.452 - in 2013. We will continue to work for its reinstatement.
* 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.
Sierra Wildlife Coalition Fall, 2014 Newsletter. The humane, state-of-the-art way to deal with beavers! You can follow SWC and their pioneering work on Facebook.
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. He still has numbness in his hand. The story: