Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission cuts minimum trap-checking time for some trappers

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission cuts minimum trap-checking time for some trappers
Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission cuts minimum trap-checking time for some trappers

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on Friday passed new rules that reduce some of the state’s trap check times, which an environmental group says will make “less animals are likely to suffer for long periods of time and longer”. it is likely that non-target wildlife can be released safely. »

“These new rules require trappers using live restraints to check their traps every 48 hours,” the Center for Biological Diversity said in a press release. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that the amendments passed by a 6-1 vote at the commission meeting in Salem and that the information provided by the organization was accurate.

Here is the rest of their press release:

Oregon previously had four different trap check times, ranging from 48 hours to 30 days. For animals the state deems “predatory,” live trap verification times ranged from 72 hours to seven days. Today’s decision reduces these trap check times to 48 hours. The commission also voted to reduce time limits for checking booby traps or death traps from 30 days to 14 days.

“It’s a step in the right direction and brings Oregon’s rules closer to the daily or 24-hour trap-checking schedule that a majority of states have already adopted,” said Quinn Read, director of Oregon Politics at the Center for Biological Diversity. “But let’s be clear, we are talking about how long we will tolerate an animal suffering in a trap – injured, without food or water, and exposed to the elements and predation. This change makes trapping less inhumane, but Oregon still has a long way to go.

Research confirms animals suffer in traps, the center said. The longer animals remain in traps, the more likely they are to die from injury, starvation, thirst, exposure to the elements, and predation. Long trap check times also increase the likelihood of trapping and killing unintended targets, including threatened, endangered, and sensitive species. These include wolverines, Sierra Nevada red fox, marten and fisher, as well as domestic animals.

Thirty-six states have 24-hour or daily trap-checking hours for all wildlife. The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies requires new trappers to check traps daily. The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends checking traps once every 24 hours, and the American Association of Mammalogists suggests twice a day or even more frequently.

The Center and its partners asked the commission to reduce trap verification times in 2020. The commission then convened a trap verification task force facilitated by Kearns and West. The Center was part of the working group with Portland Audubon and the Humane Society of the United States.

“Despite tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars spent on mediators, neither trappers nor Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife staff were willing to budge on the current cruel and archaic trap control schedules. ”, said Read. “That’s why the commission had to step in to pass rules that come closer to representing Oregon’s values ​​of animal cruelty and wildlife conservation.”

The ODFW issued a Friday evening press release about the meeting earlier today, including this segment on fur animal regulations;

Fur Animal Regulations for 2022-24: The Commission adopted a regulation on the hunting and trapping of fur-bearing animals and unprotected mammals (lynx, gray fox, red fox, marten, muskrat/mink, raccoon, river otter, beaver, plus badger, coyote, nutria, opossum, etc.) effective July 1, 2022. Changes from previous regulations clarify trapping closures on ministry-owned lands, including wildlife management areas, posted sanctuaries and security areas, and most ministry-owned properties for angling or boating access. (Trapping will still be permitted in these areas by permit from the department under specific circumstances.)

Changes to trap check intervals for predatory animals also passed in a 6-1 vote; these changes came after a Commission record check working group, final report and follow-up conversations.

Other amendments expand mandatory reporting requirements for licensed furtakers harvesting beaver, including requiring specific information about each beaver caught during the harvest season, such as location (watershed, land ownership and type of water body) and the reason for harvesting (e.g. to remedy damage). To comply with Senate Bill 1501 (Private Forest Agreement) passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2022, a licensed furtaker who traps a beaver on private forest land other than “minor forest land” as defined in the bill may not sell or trade the beaver pelt. There is an exception when the beaver is taken to repair the damage; however, in most cases this is done outside of the beaver harvest season. Other changes adopted improve consistency and understanding of beaver harvest closure areas.

The meeting was broadcast live and a recording is available on YouTube.

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