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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.
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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. He still has numbness in his hand. The story: