Wyoming Game and Fish seeks public comment on trapping tonight at the Wort

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will hold a meeting at the Wort Hotel tonight seeking public input on possibly changing the state’s rules for trapping animals.

Potential changes include requiring traps to be located away from trails and that signs be posted to tell people where traps are located.

The Jackson meeting will be held tonight, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m. in the Wort Hotel. Meeting attendance will be limited to 50 people.

The meetings will help department officials gauge public support for changing the rules, said Lander regional wildlife supervisor Jason Hunter.

The ideas follow the death of a Fremont County dog, Mac, in a snare in January. Mac’s owner, Karen Zoller, and other pet owners formed a group, WY TRAP FREE-mont County, to call for stricter rules for trapping.

Another group, Wyoming Untrapped, has recorded over 70 instances since 2000 of traps, primarily snares, catching dogs unintentionally.

For more information about this project and the other meetings, both in-person and virtual, please see the Wyoming Game and Fish webpage. Note that virtual meetings require pre-registration.

Additional trapping information is available on the Wyoming Untrapped webpage, including Wyoming trapping history, GIS data on trapping incidents, and sample proposed changes to regulations with supporting rationale.

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