In the news this week WDNR board approves changes in cable restraint rules that could place wolves and other large Carnavores at risk. These new rules are designed to catch smaller wild animals such as fox, coyote and bobcats.
Read the following full story from Wisconsin Public Radio: http://www.wpr.org/dnr-board-approves-changes-cable-restraint-rules
DNR Board Approves Changes In Cable Restraint RulesTrapping Devices Are Used To Catch Animals Like Foxes, Coyotes Thursday, May 28, 2015, 1:55pm
By Chuck Quirmbach
“The Department of Natural Resources Board approved changes in the use of an animal trapping device called a cable restraint on Wednesday.
“The board has given the green light to several proposals approved at April wildlife hearings, including the use of foot-activated cable restraints and changes in restraints to improve the catching of smaller animals like foxes, bobcats and coyotes. Melissa Tedrowe of the Humane Society of the United States asked the board to oppose the modified restraints and to prohibit trapping where wolves may be present.”
“Traps including cable restraints are cruel and non-selective. They indiscriminately harm wolves and all other species whose feet touch the ground,” said Tedrowe.”
“However, the DNR says the restraints are designed not to injure an animal. The board passed the trapping changes on a voice vote.”
“The issue could come up later if the gray wolf is taken back off the endangered species list in Wisconsin, making it legal once more to shoot and trap wolves.”
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WI residents can call thier representations and ask them to opose this new rule on traps concerning use of leg hold cable restraints designed to catch Bobcats, foxes and coyotes. Who’s my Wisconsin reps: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/
For more on this top check previous blogs:
The Truth About Trapping: The use of a snare trap is the most violent method used to kill an animal. By Rachel Tilseth
Endangered Wolves a Commodity for the Fur Fashion Industry: Trapping is made possible by wildlife agencies.