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

Source: Animal Protection Institute

MYTH: Death by trapping is more humane than death in nature.
FACT: The natural cycle of life and death helps maintain genetic diversity and a strong gene pool. Trapping is indiscriminate. Trapped mothers are killed, leaving litters to die. Young are killed. Old or sick animals may survive instead of young and healthy. Trapping does not balance nature; it upsets the balance. There is nothing humane about trapping.

MYTH: Trapping is selective. Trappers say they are trapping for a specific animal.
FACT: Witness the dead cat and the dead skunk in the park; that trapper was after mink. ($4 a pelt)Millions of unintended animals are trapped annually. In fact, for every intended animal trapped, 10 unintended will be caught. Unintended include pet dogs, pet cats, endangered species. For example, April 11, 2010 in Maine, a bald eagle was caught by the talon in a trap.

MYTH: “Man is a predator” Trappers take pride in outfoxing the foxes, and will tell you predatory humans are just part of the natural order.
FACT: Man is what he chooses to be. Man can choose to be humane.

MYTH: Trapping is a necessary management tool to control wildlife populations.
FACT: This is the most oft-quoted justification for trapping. But it is both cruel and ineffective.
(a)There is no such thing as a “surplus” animal. In nature, animals regulate their own populations based on available food and habitat. Programs of “management” deplete some species, open the field for more of other species, kill off the healthy as well as the older or sick animals, and in many other ways destroy Nature’s balance.
(b)The coyote demonstrates that this concept of "management" doesn't work. Despite decades of efforts to eliminate the entire species, they are more numerous than ever.

MYTH: Trapping is necessary to protect livestock.
FACT: The money spent on efforts to eradicate predators, mostly coyotes, is taxpayer money down the drain. Despite endless annihilation programs, coyotes’ ranges have vastly increased. The government would save money by simply paying ranchers for lost livestock.
Guard dogs, llamas and donkeys; birthing sheds; electric fencing have all proven to protect livestock while allowing predators to continue their important roles in the ecosystem.

MYTH: Trapping helps control the spread of disease. -- Frequently stated by local trappers.
FACT: From National Academy of Sciences, Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization and numerous other organizations: No scientific evidence supports this claim. The money would be better spent on research, vaccination, compensation to stockmen for losses, education and warning systems.

MYTH: Trapping provides significant income and employment opportunities for many Americans.
FACT: A 1997 survey of annual income of trappers in every state indicated that income from trapping was low to non-existent. In years of lower pelt prices, trappers must have other sources of income. Most trap as a hobby or sideline.