Chapter Petitions to Stop Trapping of Wolves in the Gila

Wolf1 © 2006 Larry Allen

The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierran Club, Wild Earth Guardians, and the Southwest Environmental Center have sent a petition to the US Forest Service and the US Fish & Wildlife Service to stop trapping and snaring of wolves in the Gila National Forest.

Trapping Continues Like It's 1899

Trap Circle

Since the furbearer rules were last reviewed in 2006, New Mexico has killed more bobcats than any other western state, over 10,600 between the years 2006 and 2009. (Last winter’s figures have not been tallied) An outbreak of rabies has cut a swath through fox populations on the Arizona border spilling into bobcats as well. This area is also the most heavily trapped for foxes in the entire state and this exploitation and disease are both ongoing. Heavy snows this past winter across the state have doubtless added to mortality.

Note to Hunters

Elk - by Jim Robertson

Trappers like to say that if trapping with leg-hold and lethal traps is banned on public land, then hunting will be next. However there are some important differences between trapping and hunting.

Foremost is that trapping is not considered “fair chase” by ethical hunters. The Fair Chase rules were established at the turn of the century by men including Theodore Roosevelt to counter the over-exploitation of wildlife that was occurring at the time. Fair Chase is a way to place the hunter and hunted on a more equal footing and insure the outcome is sporting.

Trapping Regulations

Coyote Resting by Jim Robertson

Licensing and Fees

New Mexico Trapping Survey 2005

Poll conducted by Research and Polling, Inc.

Why Do People Trap


The purpose of trapping is primarily to make money by selling the fur. Some trappers say it is a way to be out in nature and is a wholesome family activity they engage in with their children. But when fur prices are low, trapping activity declines dramatically. And when fur prices go up, trapping activity correspondingly increases. The main reason is money.

Trapping - How You Can Help

Bear Cub by Jim Robertson

What You Can Do to Help

Here are some of the things you can do:

  • Get Involved: Help us spread the word that trapping laws need to be reformed. Contact everyone you know who cares about wildlife and urge them to act now to preserve our wildlife.

Syndicate content