December 18, 2017

Colorado Okays Trapping Mink and Pine Marten

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The Colorado Division of Wildlife riled the animal rights activists by voting to allow trapping of mink and marten. Animal rights groups had effectively banned trapping in Colorado by approving a constitutional amendment banning leg-hold traps, instant kill body-gripping traps, poisons and snares. The only traps that remained that were legal to use were box and live traps.

The Colorado Trappers Association had requested of the DOW to resume the trapping of nine fur-bearers that have been off limits to trapping since 1995. DOW opted for approval of mink and pine marten and that has angered many animal rights groups.

Beginning November 1, 2006, trappers will have a 4-month season where they will be allowed to trap as many mink and marten as they can.

A spokesman for the DOW says the decision to open up mink and marten trapping was “scientifically balanced” and based on anecdotal evidence – sightings, tracks and scat. They believe the animals are abundant enough to warrant a season and allow trappers to take advantage of one of Colorado’s natural resources.

Tom Remington

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  • Dawson

    I am a PhD student working on marten in southeast Alaska, trying to also get samples from marten in Colorado and Wyoming as part of my study. Are there any trappers out there who would be willing to send carcasses down to the University of New Mexico from the winter trapping season? We offer reimbursement for shipping costs and a small price for all carcasses (we do not need hides.)

    Let me know if you are interested in sending marten to UNM and the Museum of Southwestern Biology.

  • Tom Remington


    You can also go to the Colorado Hunting Today and Wyoming Hunting Today websites and click on the links in the main menu for the forums. They are not as active as this blog but they are obviously a bit more localized and you might just find someone or someone who knows someone. Good luck!

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  • Russel Rogers

    Understand that the tree huggers got the courts to invalidate the season on marten and mink. Any updates to this? Found the info on Colorado Springs out there BLOG.

  • Russel – This is the latest update that I have on this.
    What angers me about these lawsuits is why if groups like Sinapu file suit to stop trapping, that trapping can’t continue until AFTER the suit has been settle. Why is it the judge always rules to stop it and THEN wait for a long drawn out decision.
    If that changed, fewer suits would be filed. Often these groups know they can’t win but they also know they can prolong things while waiting for the courts.
    If I find more on this, I’ll let you know.

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  • will

    What the hell is wrong with u cowards!?! What man with a set of balls would trap and kill(most likely slowly and painfully) any of these animals? Absolutely weak! You should be castrated!

  • Greg Farber

    Will, you need to cut back on the estrogen.. If a little blood and fur scares you I just don’t see you cutting off a real mans nuts..