RENO, NV - Each year here in Nevada hundreds of trap licenses are issued. Currently we are in fur trapping season. And, even if you don’t wear fur, trapping here in Nevada still affects you whether you realize it or not--especially if you walk trails with your kids or dog. You or they could be snared in one.
“This is what a normal paw looks like normal bone structure. Here you can see a fracture,” says Dr. Maureen Adams a Reno veterinarian with All Creatures.
She shows us an x-ray of a dog whose foot bones were broken after being snared in a trap.
“What you are not visualizing is soft tissue damage here these bones were sticking out of the skin,” says Dr. Adams.
Dr. Adams says these injuries happen to dogs and cats here in Nevada curious or just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
But you'd be surprised just what that means in the Silver State where trapping laws are less restrictive.
Take for instance a common neighborhood sign.
It clearly says a neighborhood is a congested area where guns cannot be discharged.
However if you were a trapper nothing would stop you from placing traps near homes and it all would be completely legal.
“We are asking for only the box type that are designed to not close on any part of the animal and that will not injure the animal. That they only be placed in the boundaries of fire arms congested areas within Washoe County,” says Trish Swain.
TrailSafe's Swain has been working on getting Nevada trapping laws revised for the last 2 years.
Especially as they apply to neighborhoods and public trails that are used by adults, children and their pets.
Last year the state legislature directed the Wildlife Commission to come up with new guidelines that will spell out where the traps can be placed, as well as who is exempt from the laws, and if all traps need to have ids on them.
Nevada Trapper Association says it is in full agreement with 95% of what's been proposed so far.
But it’s that 5% that has been a real sticking point for both sides.
Nevertheless the Wildlife Commission has until next year at this time to have those new regulations in place.
Nevada’s Wildlife Commission will be taking testimony on the new proposed trapping regulations at the scheduled meeting on Saturday.