Updates from WU, Old Bill's, Trap Release Workshop, and more.
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ev∙o·lution noun 

     A gradual progression toward awareness and compassion

Our world changes faster each day. Some days the pace is exhausting. As long as inhumane trapping remains, we will never give up.

This is what "never giving up" means to us.

  • Awareness campaigns that are fine-tuned using the latest data on successful public engagement. We are producing five 1-minute clips on five commonly trapped species and the environmental importance of these animals. These videos will be hosted on YouTube, Instagram, and other social media.
  • Our bobcat case study, which illustrates that Wyoming doesn't have the benefit of accurate population data prior to setting trapping limits. We have submitted our work for publication in the Ecological Solutions and Evidence Journal.
  • Making our voice and your voice heard! The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission directed department staff to conduct a state-wide trapping public comment project, with a final report and recommendations during 2021.
  • The WGF Commission voted in new regulations in response to the public comment report, though we still have further to go.
  • Our Trap Release Workshops will be live-streamed this fall, with our favorite instructor David Pauli, Humane Society of the United States.

Without your support, these accomplishments wouldn't have been possible. In addition to the gratitude we feel for our incredible donors, we also extend our thanks to the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole Competitive Grants Program and the Lush Cosmetics Charity Pot Grant Program.

We envision a future where inhumane trapping is unimaginable.

Remember WU during Old Bill's Fun Run

Old Bill's Fun Run Turns 25!

The philanthropic couple who started the community's biggest fundraiser, Old Bill's Fun Run, have doubled their challenge match as a way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the event. Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill, as they're known, pledged $1 million, according to the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, which runs the event.

The 2021 Old Bill's giving season started on Friday, August 13th and will extend through 5 p.m. September 17th. Get your dollars matched and support trap safety and awareness for all our wild neighbors.

Please donate to WU via Old Bill's Fun Run

Wyoming Grizzlies have been caught in traps and snares. Beloved Grizzly 399 and four cubs could be victims as well.

An adult grizzly, a protected species, was seen caught in a Conibear trap (2017) on Togwotee Pass in Bridger Teton National Forest, and a grizzly cub (2015) was caught in a Conibear in the Shoshone National Forest. Their status is unknown. Trapping makes the mentality of ‘shoot, shovel, and shut up’ all too easy, especially since non-target incidents, or ‘by catch’ are only required to be reported when the trapper deems the animal unlikely to live. That high degree of discretion inevitably leads to gaps in reporting. 

Please join Wyoming Untrapped to value and protect our state's treasured wildlife, and to envision a future where inhumane trapping is unimaginable!

Freedom to Roam 

A video experience not to be missed
The freedoms we enjoy do not extend to our wild neighbors.
Please join us in cultivating freedom to roam in all wild places. 

Trap Release Workshop is Back
with Dave Pauli (HSUS)

                  Dave Pauli rescuing prairie dogs.

Trapping occurs year-round. The presence of traps and snares on the landscape increases dramatically during the winter furbearer season, which opens on October 1st. Over 80 dogs and hundreds of our wild neighbors have been reported as non-target captured, injured, and/or killed in traps or snares in Wyoming. 

WU is hosting a virtual Trap Release Workshop on September 15th, 2021 to prepare and educate pet owners on the dangers of trapping, and how to safely respond should the pet get caught in a trap or deadly snare.  

Dave Pauli (Humane Society of the United States) is returning to instruct the workshop. Save the date and
register here.

New Animal Protection Bills Introduced

Recovering America's Wildlife Act

The bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, H.R. 2773; S. 2372, introduced by Representatives Dingell (D-MI) and Fortenberry (R-NE), will be the most significant investment in wildlife conservation in a generation. The bill will fund proactive efforts led by the states, territories and tribes to address the nation’s looming wildlife crisis and to prevent species from becoming endangered. It's an opportunity to modernize wildlife management for imperiled and non-game species which receive minimal funding in Wyoming, and states nationwide.

Thanks to the Predator Defense and partnering organizations, a bill introduced August 6, 2021 by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Oreg.) seeks to ban the use of wildlife-killing M-44 devices, commonly known as ‘‘cyanide bombs,’’ on federal public lands. These deadly devices — spring-loaded capsules armed with cyanide spray — have injured people and inhumanely killed thousands of animals every year. The bill, H.R. 4951 (aka “Canyon’s Law"), was first introduced in 2017 following a string of tragic incidents involving M-44s. 
Wyoming Untrapped
filed a petition in 2017 to restrict all M-44's on our state's public land. We continue to support a ban on these horrific killing devices.

This act would ban the use of harm-causing animal traps at all national wildlife refuges. Exceptions would be allowed by a federal government agency using traps to control an invasive species or protect an endangered species when non-harmful traps have failed. The penalty would be a maximum $500 fine for a first offense and potential jail time of up to six months for a subsequent offense. Introduced in the House on July 27 as H.R. 4716, by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY10), the version has attracted 26 cosponsors, all Democrats. It awaits a potential vote in the House Natural Resources Committee.

Please donate to WU via Old Bill's Fun Run


Wyoming Coalition for Animal Protection (WYCAP) Training Events

WYCAP invites you to join their September 2021 training opportunities. The workshops will be held virtually via Zoom. Sign up for “Getting Political for Animals: How to Become An Awesome Advocate for Animals”.
Sep 16, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Strengthening Wyoming’s Animal Protection Laws

In 2020, Wyoming was ranked 49th out of the 50 states for its animal protection laws. Join Animal Legal Defense Fund’s staff attorney Kathleen Wood in a discussion of the current gaps in Wyoming’s animal protection laws, legislative hurdles, and potential solutions.
Sep 26, 2021, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Words From the Heart

"Bobcat: I want you to know I will speak for you. Whether you are fighting to exist in the wild, against ignorance and persecution and loss of habitat; as the object of wildlife killing contests; or trapped in a small cage at a photo game farm like Triple D Wildlife, born and enslaved for man’s profit, living on a metal grate amidst flies and your own excrement. Please know I will never stop fighting or advocating for you, as long as I have breath to give. I will use words and images as powerfully as I can. Your wildness is what gives my own life meaning, purpose and beauty. I am ever grateful for and to you."

Melissa Groo/All Rights Reserved.
If you're interested in keeping up with my work, please "Follow" me.
Prints of any of my photos are available at my web site:
Find me on Instagram @melissagroo

Save the Date! 

On September 9, we will giveaway our Untrap packs and other items. Don't miss your chance to win one of these life-saving packs! Learn more about how to keep our people, pets, and wildlife safe on our public lands.
Stay tuned for registration details!
Cover: Tripod, by Jackson, WY local wildlife photographer Henry Holdsworth 
Dog and Trap, by
Jonathan Selkowitz
Freedom to Roam: Photos by generous Wyoming photographers. Edited by Noah Waldron
Swimming Beaver, by Ashleigh Scully
Chained pet by Amiee Stubbs for American Rescue Corps
Wild Bobcat, by Melissa Groo
**Wyoming Untrapped envisions a future where inhumane trapping is unimaginable.**
Copyright © 2017 Wyoming Untrapped, All rights reserved.

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PO Box 9004, Jackson, Wyoming, 83002

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