Wyoming Trapping Regulations Revisions!
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Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Furbearer Trapping Regulations are Being Revised  
Please submit your comments!
      The American Pine Marten is designated a furbearer in Wyoming.  Photo: John Fandek
 Did you know that it is currently illegal to release your dog from a trap or snare in Wyoming?  
It is urgent that we take action to protect people, pets and wildlife on our public lands; with your help we are doing just that! This will require legislative action in the year ahead as well as Wyoming Game and Fish Department regulation revisions. One of the first small steps to meaningful reform is to revise a WGFD archaic trapping regulation to allow citizens to release their pet if caught in a trap. Actions taken by Wyoming Untrapped have led the legislative committee which governs wildlife to encourage the WGFD and Game Commission to redefine tamper in order to remove the civil and criminal liability of an individual who releases any non-predatory or non-furbearing animal from a trap or snare. This means it will become legal to remove any pet, domestic animal, bird of prey, livestock, and even game animals.
The new language will read as follows: Tamper means to disturb, obstruct, damage, steal or interfere with any legally placed trap or snare except for releasing any non-furbearing animal or non-predatory animal from a trap or snare
We agree with the proposed changes and are pleased that the WGFD is taking action to ensure the public's right to rescue any indiscriminately trapped animals, including pets.  

There will be a public meeting at 6:00pm on Monday September 12 at the 4-H office near Miller Park in Jackson if you would like to comment in person.
Please SUBMIT ONLINE COMMENTS to express your support for the proposed changes. The deadline for submitting comment is 5:00 p.m., September 26, 2016. All comments will be presented to the Commission for consideration prior to the November 9-10, 2016 meeting in Sheridan, Wyoming. 

Written comments may be mailed to:
Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Attn:  Regulations
3030 Energy Lane
Casper WY 82604
Talking Points to Help Inform Your Comments

We AGREE with the proposed changes to the regulations that clearly define tamper with a trap or snare.

We are pleased that the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Commission concurs with the need to reform the current antiquated trapping regulations.  

We support the new language which allows for the protection of the public including pets, livestock, and other indiscriminately caught animals.

CLICK HERE to read more about the proposed changes and public meetings.  
Click here to Submit Online Comments
The new regulation changes ensure protection from legal repercussions
for releasing your dog from a trap!  
Wyoming Untrapped
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