Oregon Wildlife Commission Keeps Cruel Trapping Practices in Place

Oregon Wildlife Commission Keeps Cruel Trapping Practices in Place

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PORTLAND,Ore.— After a contentious 12-hour meeting, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission rejected conservation proposals to adopt a uniform 24-hour trap check time for all wildlife and to ban on federally managed public lands.

The commission also voted 6-1 last Friday to continue the state’s existing furbearer trapping and regulations for the next two years. Oregon’s trapping policies currently allow animals to languish in traps anywhere from 48 hours to 30 days, depending on how they are categorized by statute or rule.

“It’s troubling that the commission upheld Oregon’s cruel, outdated and wasteful trapping program for the benefit of just 1,000 licensed trappers in the entire state,” said Quinn Read, Oregon policy director at the . “This decision is completely out of step with Oregonians’ changing wildlife values. It’s time to relegate trapping to the dustbin of Oregon’s history.”

While the commission declined to adopt the conservation proposals, they voted unanimously to direct agency staff to review trap-check time requirements and identify proposals for rule changes by January 2021. The commission also supported the concept of forming a beaver working group and indicated its intent to define the roles and responsibilities of such a group at its July meeting.

The Center and its conservation allies advocated for two proposals to reform Oregon’s trapping program. The first proposal asked the commission to close federally managed public lands to commercial and recreational beaver trapping and hunting. Beavers and their dam-building activities are crucial to restoring riparian ecosystems and reducing the harms of , yet beavers are still widely trapped and hunted across the state.

The second proposal asked the commission to adopt a more humane and consistent approach to trap check times by adopting a 24-hour trap-check time for all categories of native wildlife. This state’s current approach, which can leave traps unchecked for days or even weeks, imposes arbitrary suffering on different animals and is out of step with the majority of states that have adopted a daily or 24-hour trap-check requirement.

Oregon’s furbearer regulations govern the trapping of furbearers for their hides and pelts and accompanying reporting requirements. Under Oregon law furbearers include such animals as bobcats, muskrats, river , beavers and raccoons.

This article was first published by The Center for Biological Diversity on 16 June 2020. Lead Image: rarely kill cattle, and they remove the sick and weak deer and elk, unlike human who often seek out the biggest and best specimens. Photo by Thomas D. Mangelsen/For HSWLT

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Randi Rodman
Randi Rodman

You are concerned about some of the wildlife programming and channels that have been hijacked by Animal Rightists, which are totally against any use of animals by man. That includes no animal ranching, no hunting, no fishing, no fish farming, nothing of any animal use. They believe that having pets, such as dogs and cats are the equivalent of slavery. They have no solution for successful wildlife conservation, only to not have any interference of animals by man. There is no place on this planet for that ideology. Because man has taken over all the earth and without man’s controls… Read more »

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Heartless disgusting and worse

Joyce Dixon Dannheim

This is cruel