Traps don’t belong near popular paths
February 9, 2009 Reno Gazette Journal (RGJ)
Letter to the Editor
While hiking above Pleasant Valley, my dog was caught in a steel trap. The trap was only about 30 feet away from a path that is obviously used with some frequency for hiking. Fortunately, a friend was with me and together we were able to free my dog.
I understand that trapping is legal in Nevada from November through February, but I question the good sense of it being allowed in areas easily accessed by nearby residents and their pets.
Beyond concerns for the safety of adults, children and their pets is the issue of the inhumanity of trapping wild animals simply to harvest their furs for clothing. If certain people simply must drape their bodies in the pelts of dead animals, there are those animals raised for that purpose, and I’m hoping that when they are harvested for their beautiful coats, that they are not first held captive in a trap without food for an unknown number of days and nights until the trapper decides to check his traps and then ends their suffering with a bullet to the head.
Please contact your legislator if you believe the laws regarding trapping in our state need to be addressed and modified.
Linda Anderson, Reno
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