Council considers petition to ban inhumane traps

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County > A proposed resolution would strengthen prohibitions on trapping in Los Alamos County

By Arin McKenna

On Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council will hear a “citizen petition requesting that the county pass a resolution to support banning inhumane animal trapping including strangulation snares, steel-jaw traps and other body-gripping animal traps in Los Alamos County.”
The petition was initiated by Terry and Dave Dubois and Vint and Debbi Miller in response to the Dubois’ dog Jetta being caught in a leg-hold trap on Chupadera Mesa.
Jetta was freed without any permanent injury, but the incident spurred the couples to research New Mexico’s trapping laws and other incidents of family pets being injured or killed. What they learned compelled them to introduce the resolution to council.
That particular trap was set illegally. It was adjacent to an officially marked trail (the minimum distance is 25 yards) and the trap was not marked with the trapper’s user-identification number or name and address.
However, organizations such as Trap Free New Mexico (trapfreenm.org) have recorded numerous incidents of pets being injured or killed in legally set traps. Owners are often injured trying to release their pets.
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish disagrees with that assessment.

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