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April 26, 2024
Following the April 5th proceedings of the Nevada Legislature’s Joint Interim Standing Committee on Natural Resources, activists voice longstanding frustrations with Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners.  Nevada Department of Wildlife promotes standard defenses of trapping and the status quo. KOLO -TV: Terri Russell reports on two neighborhood trappings

March 21, 2024
TRU, 135-pound dog, protector of his family, trapped near Walmart/Kohl’s Spanish Springs shopping center. It took personnel from Sheriff’s Office and Animal Services plus owner Erin Myrick’s family, to get TRU to vet – with trap still attached to his paw. Again neighbors are outraged; hopefully this will lead to citizen action.

March 14, 2024
Dog, Sadie, Trapped near Spanish Springs High School. Confusion about laws and jurisdiction. Owner Michael Lowe suffered hand injuries. Neighbor comments. Another case proving need for warning signs and tighter restrictions, if not an outright ban, on trapping.

February 22, 2024
Urgently Needed: Trap Warning Signs; Midas Happy Dancer, Golden Retriever, trapped in Dayton State Park. He escapes without injury due to quick action by owner, Mark Fitzsimmons, who stood on the trap flanges to free his companion.

January 13, 2024
Stop the 2024 Nevada bear hunt


December 31, 2023
Celebrating the New Year; Annoula Wylderich’s close encounter; 2024 wish list

December 24, 2023
Holiday Greetings; Roxie Abides; Close Encounters of the Raccoon Kind

December 17, 2023   Roxie Prevails; Some Raccoon FAQ; Facebook Raccoon Groups; No Presentation from Nevada Department of Wildlife

October 9, 2023  Alert! Proposed Winecup Gamble Ranch Land Exchange would close off public access, threaten critical wildlife habitat, and reserve  this huge block of public land which will primarily benefit the ranch over public interest. Wildlife Watchers are strongly encouraged to send emails to Nevada Wildlife Commission. 

August 19, 2023 Roxie, our neighborhood raccoon, survives and is out and about with her 4 kits despite her amputated front paw. It’s rewarding to see a neighborhood join together in support and sympathy. This newsletter issue includes some general raccoon facts which hopefully will inspire awe and admiration so well deserved by this indomitable species.

July 30, 2023 Update on trapped raccoon. She chewed off her front paw. This mama raccoon still has kits following her and now she is disabled and in danger of infection. Outrage and grief not only toward the cold-hearted person who set the trap, but toward a system that offers no help in a situation like this.

July 27, 2023 Raccoon trapped in Residential Neighborhood. Yes, it is illegal to set traps in  a residential neighborhood. And we are not finding significant help to locate the poor raccoon and take the trap off her leg. We’ll follow this story until we get some help!


August 6, 2022 Chimpanzees in Need – A  Success Story; Southern Nevada Areas Closed to Trapping; Alerts from American Wild Horse Campaign

June 2, 2022 Case against Vaske family for freeing a fox is dismissed; Opportunity to volunteer for American Wild Horse Campaign

May 1, 2022  Nevada anti-trapping coalition; Basic trapping facts for public education; non-target  trappings data.

April 5, 2022 Announcing Nevada Trapping Victim Fund; Roxy’s Law in New Mexico “On April 1, 2022—traps, snares, and poisons were banned on nearly 32 million acres of public lands across the Land of Enchantment.”

March 17, 2022 Action Alert – Family fined more than $700 for compassionate release of fox. Story at KTNV Las Vegas: 13 Investigates Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) delivers citations to a family because of “trapper pressure”.  

March 1, 2022Cleveland Amory “The founding father of the modern animal protection movement”;
Ethical Trapping: An Oxymoron! by Trish Swain; Animal Protection Affiliates take aim at trapping by
Annoula Wylderich; Book Review: Once There  Were Wolves review by Carol Garlington and Martin David; Cheyanne Neuffer is now Nevada Wildlife Engagement Coordinator for WildEarth Guardians

February 1, 2022 – Incidental trapping of Nevada mountain lions – Dr. Donald A. Molde; The Fox Running the Henhouse??? – Dr. Donald A. Molde ; Report from Las Vegas protest against Safari Club International Convention – Stephanie Myers;  Flicker Rescue – Carol Garlington; Urge Secretary of Interior Haaland to protect our wolves

January 1, 2022No winter break for “furbearers” by Trish Swain; A classic time to watch the comings and goings of wildlife by Caron Tayloe; Wild Earth Guardians take on Wildlife Services; Tribute to the late Senator Harry Reid by Trish Swain; Fauna Tomlinson shares insights on reforming Nevada’s wildlife boards, one seat at a time.


December 1, 2021 –  Wildlife Board splits 5-4 against banning wildlife killing contests by Trish Swain; Who is enforcing our wildlife trafficking laws? by Annoula Wylderich; Nevada legislature passed the first state based endangered species law in the nation by Tina Nappe; My mission is to create justice for predators in Wyoming and our country by Kylie Brown

October 24, 2021Action Alert from Project Coyote; Preserving Your Past for the Future by Tina Nappe; Bat Week by Caron Tayloe; So You Want to Help Wildlife? by Therese Campbell; Grateful Skunk by Trish Swain.

 October 1, 2021  –  a report on the emerging Nevada Trapping Coalition by Chris Smith of WildEarth Guardians; mystical and heartfelt snake encounter by Wildlife Watcher Carol Garlington; reflections on success of the Wildlife Trafficking Bill by Dr. Cathy Smith; the story as only Dr. Karen Layne can tell it: her years spent as a minority voice on the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners; the tragic situation of Nevada Black Bears by Kathryn Bricker, Executive Director of No Bear Hunt Nevada.

September 1, 2021 – Reno City Council will consider resolution to ban Wildlife Killing Contests Sep. 8, 2021;  Link to recording of webinar Trapping in Nevada  hosted by Wild Earth Guardians; Reflections on wildlife by some Wildlife Watchers;  Anthropomorphism: An Innate Human Tendency – by Trish Swain.

August 1, 2021 – Preparing for August 6 hearing on Wildlife Killing Contests. Caron passes editorship to Trish. Hoping subscribers will submit writing about wildlife, why they hold Nature and animals dear, what inspired them. Disturbing: photos from killing contests; disrespectful lingo.

May 19, 2021 – Happy Spring to all of those who hold wildlife so dear. Wildlife is out in abundance! In this issue we will discuss some of the “bluebirds” in Nevada; recognize a few reptiles; and see commentary by Trish Swain on the ranching aspect of the “regulatory capture” of our public agencies and lawmakers that continues to affect Nevada wildlife decisions.

March 1, 2021 – All About Coyotes: the threats they face; the reasons Wildlife Watchers values, admires and stands for their protection. Wildlife Watcher profile: Fauna Tomlinson.

January 1, 2021 – Happy New Year to all of you Nevada wildlife lovers! In this issue we will highlight the benefits of road overpasses (and some underpasses) for wildlife; highlight a Nevada wildlife watcher and prolific activist: Annoula  Wylderich; follow up on the petition regarding the use of dogs in bear hunts; and a commentary on science in wildlife management. 


November 1, 2020This last newsletter for 2020 is a commentary from Caron Tayloe all about Black Bears! In this newsletter she discusses black bears and efforts to help conserve and protect them; then one of the biggest wildlife killing schemes ever developed in the history of Nevada.
You guessed it….the bear hunt in Nevada.

October 1, 2020 – Great American Outdoors Act signed; Wildlife Watcher profile: Trish Swain and the iconic raccoon; Who should make decisions about wildlife; How to help wildlife

September 1, 2020 –  Definition of a wildlife watcher; Wildlife Watcher profile: Dr. Don Molde; Bobcats under siege; How to help wildlife; Nevada Dept. of Wildlife (NDOW) Webinars: learn about our magnificent and varied wildlife