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On a Fast Track in 2016
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Fast-Tracking 2016
                       Bobcat: wild, free, and untrapped by PredatorDefense.org

The year ahead looks to be a very active one for Wyoming Untrapped. We've kicked-off with the hiring of our new full-time program director, Kristin Combs. Kristin has lived in the area for eleven years and brings with her nine and a half years of non-profit and education experience. She has a Bachelor of Science in Environment Science and Natural Resource Management from Wright State University in Ohio, a Master of Education and a Master of Science Education from Montana State Univeristy in Bozeman, Montana. WU is pleased to have Kristin on-board, hitting the ground running.

In January, WU traveled to Cheyenne for a Wyoming Game and Fish Commission meeting, and then again last week to oppose HB0012 which would legalize the trapping and snaring of mountain lions (read details below). We've attended several additional meetings and conferences, set up a WU booth on Cache Creek trailhead for the Jackson Winter Trails Day event hosted by Bridger Teton National Forest. We've published a new WU brochure and continue to address trapping reform every single day.

We are on a fast-track to make a giant impact this year.  Thank you to our supporters who have stepped up to lend a hand when needed the most. Your donations are directly used for the mission of making public lands safe for people, pets and wildlife and are greatly appreciated. No matter how you can contribute, please join us on this journey, and help move trapping reform forward. We are grateful to each of you!


Lisa Robertson
and the WU Board of Directors
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Trapping and Snaring of Mountain Lions Contradicts Science
Mountain Lion: a leghold trap still attached.  Loss of teeth or claws could result in malnourishment and untimely death. Shared by FootlooseMontana.org.

The New Year got off to a frenzied start when Wyoming Untrapped learned that Wyoming State Representative Jim Allen (R–Fremont County) had drafted a bill to be introduced into the Wyoming House of Representatives that would legalize trapping and snaring of mountain lions. Justification for introducing this bill was to help the recovery of declining mule deer populations. There is no science available to show that predator reductions are a viable ungulate management technique. Read our ALERT mailed to our Wyoming supporters. Read more details on our website blog.
 
We partnered with The Cougar Fund and the Humane Society of the U.S. and traveled to the Legislative Session in Cheyenne to oppose HB0012. The trapping and snaring of mountain lions is not wildlife management based on science. Traps and snares are indiscriminate in what they catch and would likely affect females and kittens, endangered and protected species, and countless other non-target animals. The bill was opposed by organizations, groups, and individuals and did not get the necessary 2/3 vote required to move forward to the House Committee. We thank all the representatives who voted against the bill and especially thank Representatives Charles Pelkey (D–Albany County) and Sam Krone (R–Park County) for standing up and speaking against the bill during the introduction process.  We also thank all of you who contacted your local House Representative to voice your opposition.  

 
Dog Trapped Near Evanston, WY
Dog trapping incidents continue in Wyoming. WU was contacted on Jan 3 by Cory Morgart about a trapping incident involving his dog "Rex" near the Uinta County, WY Woodruff Narrows Reservoir. Rex caught his left front paw in a trap. Nothing appeared to be broken. The trap jaw caused skin abrasion and bleeding as Rex tried to escape the trap. It's unknown if there were more traps in the area. Cory left the area immediately after the incident.  View the location of this and other incidents on our incident map.

"Thank you so much for the information and response. Its comforting to know something like Wyoming Untrapped is out there gathering this information and being proactive. Thanks again!"
Cory Morgart

Please report any trapping incidents and share your story on our trapping incident reporting form on our website, email info@wyominguntrapped.org, or call 307-201-2422. WU is the only source of dog trapping incidents in the state! We depend on the public to report these incidents as they happen. Thank you!
 
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Missing Lynx and Fisher

The Bridger-Teton and Shoshone national forests have teamed with Grand Teton National Park to systematically survey 1.9 million of their acres. Jason Wilmot, a biologist who’s on staff with the Bridger-Teton, is heading the project.“  Are lynx still in Wyoming?” Wilmot said. “People have reported lynx sightings, but a lynx detection [on the forest] with evidence — it’s been six years.“  Lynx are more rare than wolverines,” he said, “which is absurd.” To read this article,   A winter search for the missing lynx.

Northern Rocky Mountain fishers are one step closer to being listed as endangered. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is going to be reviewing the status of the species over the next year.  At the end of that process, the USFWS will make a determination on whether or not to proceed with listing.  Fisher populations are unknown in Wyoming with many considering the species to be extirpated from the state. To learn more about the fisher and its status in Wyoming, read this article, Biologists can't find fishers in Wyoming, and Northern Rockies fishers one step closer to Endangered Species Act Protection.  

If you have any information about a fisher or lynx sighting, please share with Wyoming Untrapped.
If you spot either animal, alive or not, in a trap or free, past or present or future, please share details and photos. Helpful information includes photos of tracks with a scale for comparison and location coordinates. Send to  info@wyominguntrapped.org or call 307-201-2422.

Thank you!


Trapping Facts
Did you know?
All Wyoming wildlife are possible victims of indiscriminate traps. If the traps are legally set, trappers are not held accountable for injuries or death to protected or endangered species, or to domestic animals.
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NEW "Traps and Trails Don't Mix"
Rack Card Brochure

We've published a new brochure and are distributing it throughout our local Jackson area to get the word out about the urgent need of trapping reform in our state. The public has a reasonable expectation for safety on public trails!

Thank you Carrie Wild for the graphic design and Jason Williams for the support!
 

NEW WU AD



Furbearer Trapping Season is Still in
Full Swing

Furbearer trapping season, for most areas, opened on October 1 and extends through April 30. Though predator trapping can occur all year long, the opening of furbearer season means even more traps are set on the public lands we all use. Many dog trapping incidents occur in the fall and winter, when fur trapping is at its height.

With furbearer season open, would you know how to release your pet from a trap if you encountered one tomorrow? Traps can be set directly on the trails you hike with your dog. Learn now, learning later could be too late! 
 

Trap Release Brochure

Trap Release Video

How to Release Your Pet From a Trap

 

WU Shopping

Our caps and totes are finding homes around the world.  All purchases directly support WU.  Show your support wherever you go with a visor, hat, or tote!

 

Public Service Announcements

WU created a public service announcement about the hazards of the currently underway trapping season. You can listen here.

 

Instagram
#PutYourPawsHere

1000 posts after 1 year of our IG awareness campaign in support of setbacks on public trails and trapfree zones.  We love our #furryfriends!
Photo: @theurbangoat  "Bacanak"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wyoming Untrapped is continually grateful for the use of Thomas D. Mangelsen's stunning images on our website! 
For more of Tom's images:  Mangelsen.com
To get a copy of the bestselling Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek: Mangelsen.com/grizzly.


 
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Lisa Robertson
Katy Canetta
Deborah Reis
Ann Smith
Jason Williams



 
Advisory Council

Sharon Brown
Franz Camenzind
Penelope Maldonado
Ann Nelson
Marjorie Pettus
Gary Shockey
Peggy Struhsacker

 
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