Support a Trapping Ban in Minnesota

A number of pet deaths in recent weeks have spurred more controversy over the use of body grip traps that are used to kill animals including raccoons and bobcats in Minnesota.

At least six dogs have been killed in traps since this fall and it is believed that at least 25 have been killed in the last two years.

A bill was recently introduced by Senator Chuck Wiger, who believes other deaths have gone unreported, that would still allow trapping, but require that traps of all sizes be placed at least 5 feet off the ground or completely submerged under water if they’re used to trap muskrats. The bill, which is also being supported by Representative John Ward is being opposed by most trappers who are, of course, arguing that such placement of body traps off of the ground would make them ineffective.

“There’s absolutely no way we’ll please everyone,” said Dennis Simon, Department of Natural Resources wildlife chief.

The Department of Natural Resources has also introduced its own proposal, which would require that “220-size traps couldn’t be used on public lands unless they are 4 feet above ground. Alternatively, the trap trigger would need to be recessed 7 inches from the opening of an enclosure holding a trap (the opening could be no greater than 50 square inches.) Or the trap would need to be in an enclosure with one entrance facing the ground, set no more than 6 inches from the ground, with the trigger recessed 4 inches,” according to the Star Tribune.

The problem, for those who are opposed to trapping, isn’t where the traps are placed or how many unenforceable regulations surround them…it’s that they’re placed anywhere. These types of traps are a cruel and barbaric way of unnecessarily killing wild animals for nothing more than their fur and they don’t discriminate.

“For every target animal trapped at least two non-target animals are brutally captured. Family cats and dogs, as well as endangered species, are often severely injured or killed as a result of traps set for wild animals by trappers who plan to capture them and strip their fur. Over the past three months, we have seen a record high in reports from the public about cats, dogs and other species getting caught. These traps are set in common areas where people are hiking with their pets, and children are playing. This is not only a tragedy for the animals, but a frightening public safety risk that must stop,” said Adam Roberts, executive vice president of Born Free USA.


Please sign the petition asking Minnesota’s Governor Mark Dayton to put an end to lethal traps.

You can also fill out a survey on other proposed changes on the Department of Natural Resources website for or against proposed changes including requiring non-toxic shot for rail and snipe hunting, adding a third waterfowl zone in southern Minnesota, and allow snaring to begin earlier on private property in the farmland zone.

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Scott S.
Scott Slocum6 years ago

The number of incidental catches depends on the area and the method of trapping. Ms. Roberts of Born Free USA probably overstated the incidental-catch ratio at "two non-target animals for every target animal." Most incidental catches are made by irresponsible trappers who don't use good judgement in residential and recreational areas.

Senator Wiger doesn't just "believe" that dog deaths in traps have gone unreported; he knows it, and the MN Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) doesn't deny it. The fact is, there's no effective reporting system.

The bills that Representative Ward and Senator Wiger introduced were in response to thousands of signatures on the Safe Public Lands petition (still open for signatures at, on behalf of dog owners throughout the State. Although these bills were silenced in committee in the last legislative session, they'll be introduced again. As always, they'll allow all trapping methods that are determined by the MN DNR to be safe for dogs (including water sets for species that swim, pole sets for species that climb, and others).

Mr. Simon of the MN DNR is a good guy who's willing to listen to people with different points of view, answer their questions, and consider their input. Unfortunately, the political system he works with isn't so open-minded. The fact is, the only things people need are to be heard, their input fairly considered, and their issues fairly reconciled. That wasn't done in the 2011/2012 session, and no o

Frans Badenhorst
Frans Badenhorst6 years ago

signed..... let's trap some trappers... :)

Linda Jarsky
Linda Jarsky6 years ago

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ---St. Francis of Assisi..."

Sue Griffiths
SUE Griffiths6 years ago

Ban trapping altogether and let the trappers get a proper job. Trouble is these rednecks probably are incapable of holding down a decent job. Go to night school, learn to read and write and then apply for a job that doesn't include the slaughter of animals that have as much right to live on this earth as we humans do.

Doug M.
Gina M6 years ago

Ah yes, trappers, hunters and their little dicks!!!

Betty Schueler
Betty Schueler6 years ago

Let's see, trappers kill two non-target animals for each target animal trapped yet the good people of Minnesota are ok with this? I guess the traps will have to harm two adorable little humans before the public will raise a real outcry against this barbaric practice.

Valentina R.
Valentina R6 years ago


Lesley B.
Lesley Blissett6 years ago

We share this planet with other species and we are supposed to be their and the planet's caretakers, we do NOT have aright to go out and trap animals, I cannot imagine what sort of yahoo would do such a thing - oh how I hate hunters!

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe6 years ago

I signed the petition with a commet on the safety risk to cats, dogs, and people - especially little kids!!!