Santa Fe County Commissioner, Kathy Holian recently sent this email out. Attend if you can, or email Kathy your support: Kathleen.Holian@comcast.net . One of my dogs was nearly caught in an illegal baited trap on the Santa Fe National Forest in Santa Fe County, 10 feet from a road. Legal traps must be tagged with the trappers name or trapper # and checked every 24 hours. This trap had no number and I turned it over to Forest Service law enforcement. I also had a friend whose dogs escaped from her yard near Camp Stoney. When she got home one dog was there, the other missing. Thank goodness the dog was able to lead her to her other dog who was caught in a leg trap. Traps are already banned in Los Alamos County. I hope SF will follow. It is a terrible, tortuous way for an animal to die.
Trapping Fact Page: http://www.apnm.org/campaigns/trapping/Factpage.pdf
NMGF Trapping Rules: http://wildlife.state.nm.us/publications/documents/rib/2010/BG_RIB_...
This is Kathy's email:
Dear Santa Fe County residents:
At the next meeting of the Board of County Commissioners on February 22, I will be sponsoring a resolution that supports banning the use of steel-jaw, strangulation snare, and other body-gripping animal traps.
These type of traps are needlessly cruel to wildlife. They often ensnare wildlife that is not the main target of the traps. Another major problem with these traps is that the regulations on their use are not well-enforced. This means that the traps are often placed too close to trails and other access points into the National Forest and wilderness areas. Unsuspecting pets have been injured. There have even been cases of human injury. I heard about one incident in which a horseback rider was thrown when the horse's leg was caught in one.
I strongly believe that snare and steel-jaw traps should be banned in New Mexico.
If you would like to come to our meeting to speak about this issue, the case will probably be heard around noon. The meeting will start at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 22, but there will be a number of special presentations that will take some time before the main agenda items are heard. If you follow the meeting on television or on the webcast presentation, you can get a fairly good idea of when this item will come up.
Please feel free to send comments to me on the topic as well.