Action Needed! Nevada members should contact their state senators and ask them to vote NO on Senate Bill 364. Let them know that trapping helps prevent the spread of diseases and controls predators, including coyotes who can endanger pets and livestock. Nevada sportsmen can contact their senator by using the Sportsmen’s Alliance’s Legislative Action Center.
Nevada Senate Bill 364, sponsored by Sen. David Parks (D- Las Vegas), would place burdensome and costly restrictions on trapping. The Senate Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on SB 364 on April 11 at 1:30 pm in Room 2144 of the Legislative Building.
Senate Bill 364 could also be titled the “trapper harassment bill,” because it makes the names and contact information of every Nevada trapper available to the public. This endangers law-abiding Nevada outdoors people who engage in the lawful and biologically necessary recreation of trapping. Because it is well known that there are extremists involved in the animal-rights lobby, allowing access of private information would endanger the well-being or those who trap. Worse, it would also potentially put those who live with a trapper in harm’s way, including children.
Senate Bill 364 is also a transparent attempt to drive up the cost of trapping by requiring costly signs and tags. SB 364 is intended to send a message that trapping is dangerous, when there are very few accidents that ever take place involving trapping.
Trapping is utilized by state fish and wildlife agencies, the federal government and Canadian provinces to control wildlife populations. It is recognized for its benefit in protecting waterfowl from predators as well.
Like hunting and fishing, trapping is strictly regulated by the Nevada Department of Wildlife. Decisions involving the management of fish and wildlife should be free from politics to ensure that the needs of wildlife are balanced, and the people are adequately protected.
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