The Year Ahead: Wyoming Untrapped
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Dear Friends,
     Take a moment to think back to the last time you saw a marten, weasel, fox, or wolf. It was probably an experience that you couldn’t wait to share with someone else. But for each one of those animals that we are fortunate enough to see, hundreds more die in traps- either from the sudden snap of a conibear or after hours of enduring the cold and snow for several days and nights until a trapper checks their set and ‘dispatches’ them. For each story we tell of an exciting encounter with a furbearer or predator, we also need to share the unpleasant reality of their existence. Otherwise, the true magnitude and impact of trapping in Wyoming will remain unknown to so many wildlife supporters. Wyoming Untrapped is sharing both sides of the story each and every day- the beautiful, free, untrapped side of Wyoming wildlife, as well as the unpleasant one.     

    We typically have little trouble igniting a person's first spark of concern for trapping issues. Usually, all it takes is a photo of dozens of dead foxes laid out in rows, or a disturbing image of someone’s beloved dog dead in a conibear trap, or a simple statistic like that 1,427 bobcats were trapped in Wyoming in the 2013-2014 season (if you need a visual reminder of the gruesome nature of trapping, scroll to the bottom of this email). Indeed, the truth of trapping causes unpleasant, visceral responses in compassionate people who care about pets and wildlife. But keeping the flame going can be difficult, as sustained thoughts and images of trapping weigh heavily on a person’s mind. The long haul of trapping reform is challenging, perhaps even exhausting, because this isn’t an issue that has a quick or easy fix. Wyoming Untrapped is working tirelessly to confront this difficult issue, but we need your help.
Wildlife: Free and untrapped. Images by Thomas D. Mangelsen
     Predators and furbearers are trapped without any legal limit in Wyoming. With fur fashionable in Russia and China, the harvest statistics are sure to creep steadily upward.  The number of non-target species that become ensnared in traps will increase with harvest, which means more dogs and pets injured or killed in traps.   

     We are taking the very first step in trapping reform in Wyoming.  Our Traps and Trails Don’t Mix campaign is on course to result in trapping ‘setbacks’ (or trap-free corridors) along trails in Teton County as well as a trapping closure of Snow King in Jackson. Additionally, Wyoming Untrapped is raising awareness about trapping in Wyoming through our March 3rd Tracks, Traps, and Trails event featuring Asher Jay at the Center for the Arts. Our next initiative, Untrapped Stats, will result in a new look at the numbers behind trapping in Wyoming. Read our most recent newsletter to learn more about what is happening at Wyoming Untrapped. However, we need your help to keep these programs moving forward!
Please consider making a donation to Wyoming Untrapped. We currently have several donation opportunities if you would like your donation to support a specific program or aspect of Wyoming Untrapped’s mission:
  • A donation of $100 constitutes a contributing individual supporter for our March 3 event at the Center for the Arts.
  • A donation of $150 supports advocate mobilization for attendance to Wyoming Game and Fish Commission meetings in the summer.
  • A donation of $200 supports one advertisement in a Wyoming paper for the ‘Traps and Trails’ campaign.
  • A donation of $200 can sponsor a Pet Trap Release Workshop somewhere in Wyoming.
If large donations like the above are simply not in your budget, know that any donation, no matter the amount, is sincerely appreciated. We are also looking for in-kind donations like volunteer time and photographs. No matter how you can contribute, please join us on this journey, and help move trapping reform forward.
Thank you for your continued support.
With gratitude,

Lisa Robertson
& Board of Directors
Wyoming Untrapped
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Wyoming Untrapped
PO Box 9004
Jackson, WY 83002

Traps are indiscriminate: Animals like this bear cub can be 'non-target' by catch.
Pets can be injured or killed as 'non-target' animals.
The United States falls far behind other countries in trapping regulations.

Predators, like wolves, are trapped without limit in Wyoming (outside the trophy game wolf management area).
Traps can be set almost anywhere on public lands, even on hiking trails. Dogs are easily caught.
Protected species, including those listed as threatened or endangered under the ESA, can be caught in traps.
Trapping is driven by demand for furs, which largely comes from Russia and China. 

A poorly-anchored trap can result in animals dragging traps around for days.
A trapper is not liable for the loss of a pet in any way.
American martens are trapped by the thousands- 2,988 in Wyoming last year alone.
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Wyoming Untrapped
P.O. Box 9004
Jackson, WY 83002

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