Because current regulations allow traps to be placed near high-traffic trails, concealed from view, in locations like Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery in central Oregon.  A place families are encouraged to visit.

Click here for the growing list of people who support this initiative.

23 Responses

  1. Colleen Schrotzberger

    Jack, Jill, & Kieri…You totally have our support. Let us know what we can do.

  2. Raymond King

    Crazy that traps can be set that close to walking trails!

  3. Terri Daniel

    Back in the 1880s when these laws were made, trapping was a common way for people to make a living. But in today’s world, there is absolutely no need for it. Even if someone needed to trap an animal for food, why couldn’t they just use an old-fashioned cage with a door that falls shut after the animal goes in to get the bait? I am certain the kid who set the trap that got Kieri did not need to hunt for food. It’s just deplorable.

    • Karyl

      According to officials cited in a Bend Bulletin article, the trap was set for otter or beaver, and I don’t know anybody who eats those animals these days. So the traps must have been for pelts, and I find that deplorable too.

  4. Diana Levey

    I ride horses with two small dogs that always are in my sight. I fear for horse as well as my dogs. A conibear trap that’s open could capture my horse’s foot (or close over its nose as it grazes) and the results could be damaging or fatal to me. The possibility of damage to my horse became apparent a week ago, when a small dog got trapped in a conibear set only 18″ off a popular hiking trail along the Metolius River. Three weeks ago, I helped a friend release her Australian Shepherd from a leg trap. It took us both pressing on the rusty springs to open the trap. Afterwards, we went to Fish & Game, and tried to open the only two traps they had, both leg traps. We individually could not open them. We lacked adequate weight by standing on the levers and did not have enough upper body strength to press on the levers with our hands and open the jaws. (Even the F&G guy showing us the traps did not weigh enough to open them by standing on them; however, he did have adequate upper body strength to open them with his hands.) We borrowed the traps, went to two tool stores and could not find a tool that could help us open a trap. For a woman riding alone, this is a problem that worries me constantly. The news media that show how easy it is to open a trap use men to demonstrate this. Then there are the rules & responsibilities of trapping, wholly unfair to the non-trapper. Trappers may trap anywhere on public land, the injured public are liable for releasing a trapped animal and for damaging or removing a trap. These are antiquated laws and (at the very least) must be revised for the safety of today’s public land using population.

  5. Dave Lilley

    This is a great first step, I hope it starts a movement toward the elimination of this cruel practice that we should have long ago evolved beyond.

  6. I will certainly alert as many people as I can to put a stop to ALL trapping in Oregon. It is totally outdated. The only way to curb trapping is to put an end to it, totally. Placing signs up will not fly, as then people will distroy the traps, and ODFW will never change, as the dept. is riddled w/ trappers on staff.
    The penalties for destroying traps is probably fairly steep, but of course they have to catch you first….!

  7. jim pease

    I breed, field test, and hunt with my German Wirehaired Pointers all over the western states. I view trapping as an anachronism. Yes, certain pelts bring a good price, but we do not live in the 1800′s. Trappers have shown that they cannot adjust to the times very well. They oppose signing their traps for fear someone will steal them. They set traps on public lands near cities and towns used by hikers/hunters with dogs. I’d be really outraged if one of my dogs got into a trap. I think it’s time to just ban trapping. Let’s have an initiative!

  8. Read the article in the 2/25/12 Bulletin. We strongly support your cause.

  9. Paula Bullwinkel

    I am against trapping on public land.

  10. laurie johansson

    I wonder how many dogs and other critters have succumbed to a slow painful death or injury from unmarked, and sometimes abandoned traps placed on public lands? I had a dog in the early 80′s who stepped in a leg hold trap on USFS land while hunting for christmas trees. The christmas tree area was one that we were directed to by the USFS…..maps aqnd everything. I will pass your info on, thanks for being a champion on this issue.

  11. Lauren Beathe

    I have been shocked and saddened by the stories in the paper about
    animals caught in this barbaric practice and I completely support
    outlawing all trapping. How cruel to animals and people.!

  12. Laura Dowell

    First and foremost I would like to say how sorry I am about Kieri’s injuries, but very happy to hear she is on the mend :)
    When I first learned about placement of the traps along the river, an area I have frequented for years (I live in Sisters and we have a family cabin in Camp Sherman)I was shocked, angry,horrified and disgusted. I honestly had no idea this was going on in what I had considered such a “left alone” area so to speak. My feeling have certainly changed.
    I cannot comprehend how or why such barbaric practices are allowed to continue in this day and age. Traps do not discriminate and whatever they slam shut on is going to suffer a slow agonizing death or in Kieri’s case, a very painful lucky escape. I walk along the river with my dogs (previously off leash also) These people who set these traps are doing it for a profit from the pelts (some of these animals are protected! Please leave our wildlife alone, we appreciate them there), if 99% of the population can manage to get by without setting them-I am certain that they can too. I am facing difficult financial times as I know are many others, but I would never consider for a second setting traps. The concept of making money for taking a life is so incredibly unsettling. I want to commend you for starting a petition for this, I was going to start one of my own. I was hoping you would have gotten a larger response, but it’s early yet. I am going to contact ODFW as well. This has to stop before more dogs, horses, PEOPLE/children end up injured as well. Good luck to you-to us all in this venture. Let’s not give up. You have my full support.

  13. John

    On Dec 17th I found my little girl Penni dead in a body grip trap. It was one of the worst days of my life.

    This was in MN where trappers can set body grips (killer traps) in the culverts at the end of our driveways.

    We are currently trying to get regulations to protect our dogs but the MN DNR and the trapping associations are fighting us. It’s likely we will get improved regulations but dogs will still needlessly die.

    Instead of trying to get signs I would suggest you work towards getting killer traps placed off the ground or in the water. Many states require that. Trappers have much safer alternatives.
    Also, look at your trapping regulations. In MN trappers with little ambition are encouraged to use killer trap by the MN DNR because killer traps only have to be checked every 3 days whereas footholds have to be check daily.

    Our own MN DNR is spreading misleading information on body grip trap regulations in other states to make it appear as if our request is unreasonable.

    We started a Signon petition to gather support.


  14. We have documented 26 dogs killed in MN in recent years and I’m sure there are many more that were never reported because no one keeps track and most trappers simply toss the dead dog in the brush.

  15. Bernice Rossana

    I’m against all trapping…a young woman in Sisters wrote:… trapping is cruel and unnecessary infliction of pain to innocent animals and must be outlawed if we claim we are evolving as a himan race….

    I agree and will support anything that will further this issue being addressed

  16. Scott Rick

    The trapping regulation proposals will be presented on June 7th or 8th (exact date and time has not been finalized yet) before the Commission at our Salem headquarters office (3406 Cherry Avenue NE). The trapping proposals will be available for public review beginning on May 23rd. I can send you a copy of those proposals when they are available. If you have a specific proposal you would like the Department to consider, you can submit those to the Department at any time, even up to the day of the Commission meeting. However, the sooner we receive requests, the more time the Department has to address your recommendation(s). Any written requests received will be included in the packet of information (public record) submitted to the Commission. If you would like to testify in person, you may do so the day of the Commission meeting by adding your name to the public testimony sign-in sheet located in the lobby outside of the Commission room.

    If you have any further questions, you can contact me by email or at 503-947-6311.

    Eric V. Rickerson
    Wildlife Division Deputy Administrator
    Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildllife
    3406 Cherry Avenue, NE
    Salem, Oregon 97303

  17. Deanna Salisbury

    It is a danger to all hikers, bikers, and equestrians to have these traps on public lands especially so close to trails. The laws must be changed and the traps banned.

  18. Steph Spencer

    What about OPB’s Think Out Loud? They feature issues like this. Hiking groups, cycling clubs, trail runners? Unite! Ban the trap!

  19. Sally Wojahn

    I support the ban of all leg hold and body trapping in Oregon. My dog is ALWAYS on a leash when trail hiking, but that would not save her from a trap only 18 inches off the trail!! Other posters are right…we need to bring Oregon into the current century and eliminate this practice. Contacting OPB’s Think out Loud would be a good step as mentioned by the previous poster. Anyone game to do that ?

  20. Janee Nekuda

    This happened to my little dog about 20 years ago. We were walking near a gravel pit beside a road. She was off leash, but right beside me. It could just as easily have been me that stepped in the trap. Fortunately, my husband was nearby, because I could not open the trap by myself. The dog was screaming in terror, but her only injuries were a little scraped skin and some bruising.

    Oregon’s trapping laws are outdated and inhumane. It is time for a change.

  21. Courtney B

    I 100% support Kieri’s Law!

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