Woodrow was trapped on a hike. His Story
Rocky Perished in a trap set in neighbor's yard. His Story

Brutus trapped in his own neighborhood. His story

McGee recovering after being trapped in his home neighborhood.

McGee was trapped near home. His Story
Gary Park and Nani Kula. Nani died in a Conibear-type trap set near Northern Nevada's Walker River. See their story

Luna was trapped in  Southern Nevada. Her story

Carol and Duke. Duke got trapped which started TrailSafe.

Beowulf Trapped on his own Private Property His Story

Gretchen and Gauge
Gretchen and Gauge. Gretchen was snared and almost died in a South Reno park. Their story

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Trailsafe Nevada is a Nevada grassroots citizen movement. We advocate protection and humane
treatment for wildlife and companion animals.

League of Humane Voters - Nevada Chapter news also on this site!


Contact us: info@trailsafe.org


Save the date!

Coyote Hunt Petition Hearing Friday, November 13 at 10AM.  Save the Date! LOCATION NOW CONFIRMED

Truckee Meadows Community College
7000 Dandini Blvd
Sierra Building - Room 108
Reno, NV

Videoconferencing at the following Locations:

College of Southern Nevada Henderson Campus
700 College Drive, Building C - Room 224 Henderson, NV 89002

Great Basin College
1500 College Parkway, High Tech Center Room 121
Elko, NV

Nevada Wildlife Alliance once again petitions the Wildlife Commission to ban ineffective, unethical, heartless coyote contest hunts. Impressive numbers showed up to speak on March 20th  at our first hearing, and we hope to show the Commission we're still together, we're even stronger, and we ARE the public. It took two hours for the long line of speakers - the majority speaking FOR the ban -  to be heard. Let's double that!

We can't win without you!

Details in latest newsletter.

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!



bobcat in 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:



Opening a steel jaw leghold trap Conibear Traps Snare Traps
Leghold Traps Camouflaged Snare Trap Articles and Links
Nevada Trapping Laws Protected Trails Trapper Jane's Story: TrailSafe Mascot
Sample Letters Co-Existing with Wild Neighbors Selected Comments
Index of Non-Target Trappings Contact Us Visit and Like TrailSafe on Facebook
TrailSafe Illustrated Story and History Newsletters

Trap Incidents -- Stories from people throughout Nevada - Pets and Unintended Wildlife getting Trapped

Link to painful pictures. Beware! | Link to agonizing Born Free USA video |

Link to EXCELLENT video - releasing pets from traps.! Detailed, clear instructions!!


At last a happy video. Not too many of those where trapping is concerned. Watch Freedom, the bobcat, be liberated by Predator Defense in Oregon. Click here.

Below is video from HSUS, featured on YouTube. Woody Harrelson narrates. Awful things happen to a toy fox which fully make the case for all of us who have a problem with trapping. This is all you need for Trapping 101 and what's wrong with trapping and the fur trade.

DO NOT MISS Tom Knudson's series in the Sacramento Bee. World-class, ground-breaking reporting on traps, coyotes, Wildlife Services and all related matters. Knudson makes the case against trapping and against Wildlife Services with a mass of evidence and solid reporting. The Killing Agency: Wildlife Services' Brutal Methods Leave a Trail of Animal Death


• More than 50,000 non-target animals have been killed since 2000 with indiscriminate tools such as traps, snares and poison.

• Killing of predators may be altering ecosystems, diminishing biodiversity.

• Rare and protected species have been killed, including golden and bald eagles.

• Family pets are among the accidental victims.

• Target and non-target animals often suffer.

• Wildlife is killed with no public notice, on public and private land.


Coyotes killed by Wildlife Services in Nevada:

2011: 5176
2012: 4832
2013: 3576
January - June 2014: 1624

Read Wildlife Services Newsletter The Trapline for monthly reports of animals slain. Methods include shooting from aircraft, trapping, snaring, shooting, poisoning.

Here is Part 1 of Predator Defense's epic video: Liberating Freedom,
the bobcat, from a cruel snare trap.
For once, the animal gets a break.It's rare that an animal can be spared.


And here's Part 2. Brooks Fahy makes the point: This is nothing but "wanton destruction of wildlife"
Animals suffer terribly and "It serves no purpose"



Trapper Jane recovering at Nevada Humane Society

Trapper Jane trapped near a school Aug. 22, 2010. Nevada Humane Society provided veterinary treatment; two digits were amputated. Nobody claimed her despite media coverage, but happily today she enjoys full agility and lives in bliss with TrailSafe Director Trish.

Full story

The RIGHT way to deal with raccoons in your attic!! By the way, they only stay a few weeks!!


501.100  Legislative declaration

Nevada Wildlife Law
"1. Wildlife in this State not domesticated and in its natural habitat is part of the natural resources
belonging to the people  of the State of Nevada."

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And I am my brother’s keeper,
And I will fight his fight;
And speak the word for beast and bird
Till the world shall set things right.

-Ella Wheeler Wilcox