The problems caused by trappers setting animal traps on public lands is addressed in a recent initiative by "Trap Free Oregon."
Spokesperson Lucinda Baker says the traps have caused too many injuries or deaths to family pets and even humans, because wild animals will follow the same trails, where the traps are set. "Now the ODF &W has a regulation that a trap has to be set 50 feet from a marked trail. Well, we have hundreds of thousands of acres unmarked trails, and if your dog is off a leash, it can smell that bait up to a half a mile or a mile away."
Baker says their ballot initiative is only for public lands; the private lands owned by farmers and ranchers would not be affected.
They are circulating a preliminary sponsorship petition to get the signatures needed to launch a formal petition and will expand to the Portland area once they get an official petition granted by the Secretary of State's Office.
They need about 100,0000 signatures to qualify as a ballot measure in 2014.
There will be an informational meeting at the Environmental Center on Wednesday, December 12 to find out more about the initiative.