May 20, 2019

Sinapu Will Sue To Stop Trapping Mink and Marten

Wendy Keefover-Ring, a representative of the Boulder, Colorado based animal rights group Sinapu, announced the organization’s plan to file a lawsuit to stop the trapping of marten and mink in that state.

In July, the Colorado Wildlife Commission approved a request by the Colorado Trappers Association to use box traps to catch mink and marten. Their request to trap seven other species was denied.

In 1996, Colorado passed by referendum a constitutional ban on leg-hold traps, traps that kill instantly, snares and poison. The box trap was not included in that list, so the CTA petitioned the CWC to be allowed to trap the animals using box traps.

Keefover-Ring says the action by the Commission violates the constitutional ban on trapping. The Trappers Association believes the use of box traps will stand up under the scrutiny of the court.

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Tom Remington


Animal Rights Group Files Suit Against Minnesota DNR

The Animal Protection Institute has filed a lawsuit against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources claiming that the state is violating the Endangered Species Act by allowing trapping that is killing wildlife listed on the ESA list.

According to a story filed by Bob Kelleher of Minnesota Public Radio, Camilla Fox, a spokesperson for the API, claims to have documented proof that trapping has resulted in the death of 24 bald eagles over a 15-year period of time.

Fox says her group has accumulated documentation that at least 24 bald eagles have been trapped in Minnesota over a 15-year period. At least half died. She says more recent documents show that rare Canada lynx have been caught.

“Between 2002 and 2005, at least 13 Canada lynx have been incidentally trapped in snares and traps set for other species,” says Fox. “And generally these types of traps are set for fox, coyote, bobcat, fisher, martin.”

These are all predators, she says, that are found in the same areas where Canada lynx may live and hunt.

The suit is asking that the MDNR look at ways of changing how trapping is done so as not to harm these animals. No suggestions were given as part of the suit.

Gary Meis, president of the Minnesota Trappers Association doesn’t buy into the so-called documented proof that Fox claims to have.

“I know of no cases myself,” Meis says. “I hear rumors. But I have never seen it or witnessed it myself.”

Meis wonders how serious a problem it can be if it’s that rare. And he says trapping is not the way most endangered animals die.

“I could bet my bank account against theirs, that there’s more endangered animals that are hit by cars, trains, etc., than are caught by traps,” says Meis.

And Meis wonders whether the Animal Protection Institute’s motive is to protect endangered animals.

“Well, they have an agenda, just like all organizations have an agenda,” Meis says. “It’s my personal opinion that they’d just like to put an end to trapping. Their opinion is that they have a legal opening under the Endangered Species Act to go about doing that. And we disagree wholeheartedly.”

Tom Remington


Attention New Hampshire Trappers!


On September 16-17, the New Hampshire Trappers Association (NHTA) will hold their 53rd Annual Trappers Rendezvous at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, featuring ongoing demonstrations, trapping supply vendors and activities for the kids.

Rendezvous attractions will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 16; and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 17. Interested members of the public are welcome to attend.

The N.H. Trappers Association annual fall meeting will take place on Sunday from 1 – 3 p.m.

For a complete schedule of activities, directions to Owl Brook, and more, visit the NHTA website at and click on “Rendezvous Details” or call Fish and Game’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center at (603) 536-1290. The Fall Rendezvous promises to be educational, with demonstrations of trapping techniques happening throughout the weekend. Demonstrations will be conducted by New Hampshire Trappers Association members long experienced in trapping, and will cover topics such as skinning and pelting techniques, trapping of canine species such as coyote and fox, basic trap preparation, trapping beaver under the ice, mink trapping, nuisance animal trapping, the flat set and beaver trapping with conibears.

Trapping supply vendors will be on hand at the event to help you get outfitted for the upcoming trapping season. Fish and Game will hold a Trapper Education certification course during the weekend (this course is full; for other trapper education class opportunities, visit will be happening throughout the event for children and families. Be sure to visit the old-time Trapper’s Cabin and check out the life-sized “Forever Locked” exhibit of two battling bull moose, presented by the Conservation Officers Relief Association.

Tom Remington


What is Happening to the Trapping Industry?

Dave Anderson, Director of Education for the Society For The Protection of New Hampshire Forests, has an article this morning in the Concord Monitor about the waning trapping industry in that state and surrounding areas.

Whether you are into trapping or not, this article is loaded with information that is important to all of us who respect the outdoors and in particular, its wildlife. I recommend the read.

Tom Remington