Would you vote to ban trapping in Oregon?

Would you vote to ban trapping in Oregon?
In this photo taken Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, a table full of wolf trapping supplies laid out at southwestern Idaho's Rocky Mountain Fireworks and Fur shop in in Caldwell, Idaho. Idaho's wolf trapping season begins Tuesday, Nov. 15, and shop manager Jessi Heck says she's seen revenue from trapping supplies rise 15 percent this year in anticipation. (AP Photo/John Miller)

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A group based in Central Oregon plans an anti-trapping measure for the 2014 ballot.

The TrapFree Oregon initiative would ban trapping of animals for their fur or other body parts and outlaw the buying or selling of fur or other parts of trapped animals, The Bend Bulletin reported Monday.

It also would make poisoning animals illegal but make exceptions for mice and other small rodent-like animals and larger animals that can't be controlled by non-lethal means.

"We are ready to go," said Lucinda Baker, executive director of TrapFree Oregon.

The movement to ban trapping started earlier this year in Bend after a half-dozen dogs were caught in traps in Central Oregon.

The state Fish and Wildlife Commission restricted traps near marked trails, trailhead and campgrounds to protect people and their pets, but Baker said the rules didn't go far enough.

TrapFree Oregon has submitted paperwork to the secretary of state's office. It expects to gather more than 100,000 signatures to put the measure on the ballot, Baker said.

Voters in Oregon have twice rejected trapping bans, in 1980 and 2000.

Four states around the West have passed trapping bans — Arizona in 1994, Colorado in 1996, California in 1998 and Washington in 2000.

Trappers use traps to collect pelts for sale and to keep troublesome animals, from muskrats to coyotes, in check, said Don Nichols, fur sales manager for the Oregon Territorial Council on Furs Inc. The council has held an annual springtime fur sale in Prineville for about 40 years.

Opposition to trapping often comes from people who want to save every animal, he said.


Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com

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