Like many others, I have had dogs caught in traps on public lands, and know how difficult it can be to free a panicked pet. I was lucky to know how and had the strength to open the traps (two different occasions) but still got bitten. Traps are not designed to be opened to set a live animal free, and even with a dead animal it is not easy for someone unprepared.
There has been lots of false information from the trapping community regarding Initiative 177, but very little, if any, objective information. The arguments that trappers perform any useful services for the state, for the public good or wildlife itself, is only self-serving wishful thinking. Taxes will not go up for the lack of trappers services. Recreational trapping on public land is bad for wildlife, bad for the forest and bad for the economy. In addition, it teaches disrespect and cruelty to young people.
The fears expressed by trappers that I-177 is a nefarious scheme to disallow hunting, fishing, berry-picking and even hiking on public lands have no base in reality.
Don’t listen to the fear mongers, vote for I-177.
P.S. In spite of too many wolves around, there are articles in the papers complaining about too many deer and elk around, so extra hunts are needed to control them. Trappers?
Ole E. Leivestad,