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Oregon Fur Trapping

Oregon fur trapping season started on 12/1. Last year 1283 trappers were licensed and the trend is upward. According to industry forecasts, fur prices will fall this year, but the market is unpredictable. Last year bobcat pelts fetched as much as $1,000, with 1731 bobcats trapped. Most furs are sold to China and Russia, much of it for domestic use, and a warm winter so far has dented sales. This might be good news for Oregon wildlife and pets, but I wouldn't bet on it.
As any trapper will tell you, they trap for fun and any money they make is just icing on the cake. Last year they trapped 2621 muskrat at $3 each, which wouldn't pay for gas. In all, 16,414 animal were reported taken by Oregon fur trappers in the 2007-08 season, a decrease from 22,800 the year before, mostly because of last year's heavy snow. (Trappers drive to their traps.) Where I am in NE Oregon, it's cold and snowing and there are animals struggling in traps not too far away while I'm writing this. A dog was trapped today along a popular hiking/skiing trail, and the state police are threatening to execute a search warrant on the dog owner's house because they think she took the trap. The Oregon government wholly and zealously supports and defends trapping. While in Portland decent people are making headway against furriers and putting fur farms under pressure, little attention seems to be paid to the brutal savagery going on all over the state under the protective umbrella of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. I urge people who care about animals to download, print and distribute the anti-trapping brochure from TrapFree Oregon available at http://trapfreeoregon.org/TFO%20Brochure.pdf When printing this brochure, uncheck "page scaling." The brochure prints on both sides of the paper, so turn it over as well as around. Help get the word out about this loathsome "sport" and maybe we can do something about it. If you want to know how many trappers there were in your county last year, what they killed, how many, and for how much money, or how the killing was done, or how to free your dog from a trap, or anything else you might want to learn about this disgrace, go to http://trapfreeoregon.org/index.html Any person who treated animals the way trappers treat Oregon's wildlife would be prosecuted for animal cruelty.

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Thank you for caring 19.Dec.2008 18:58

Cat

Thanks so much for taking the time to write this. Lots of people have no idea just how many animals are murdered for fur and sport in Oregon. Thank you for working to educate people on this, because it's one of the worst and most violent fronts in Cascadia. In fact, trapping and killing so-called "nuisance" animals is legal all year long. Coyotes, nutria, and many other animals are targeted as sport all year long, besides the bobcat, lynx, foxes, muskrats, otter, and other fur bearing animals killed throughout the winter. They can even be trapped in spring, leaving dens of babies behind. This is all theoretical to many people, but once you've been out there and seen someone beating a bobcat to death as it is held defenseless and terrified in a trap, you get a whole new perspective. This happens, literally, every day in Cascadia.

ODFW is completely complicit. Not only do they condone and profit from other people trapping animals, they also often trap the so-called "nuisance" animals themselves. They are the very last people we should be entrusting to "manage" wild animals, because their idea of stewardship is to treat animals as if they are a resource to be mined for human profit. They should be fired and our tax dollars used to protect animals, not to kill them. Also, you should know that the ODFW statistics, as horrific as they are, only reflect the "legal" numbers, the people who are licensed trappers who report their kills. Most trappers don't bother with that. So the number of animals killed in traps in Oregon is actually much higher.

Finally, it's absolutely true that the ODFW will go after you if you "steal" a trap, even if the reason you have the trap is that your dog or cat companion was caught in it. So for those who want to take the time to go up into the woods (or even very near your home in many cases) to rescue animals and/or rid Cascadia of traps, take care of yourself and be discreet. Spring the trap, disable it, and get rid of it somewhere where it will not be found. Be watchful. Incidentally, now is a really good time to find the traps. Footprints in the snow....

Interview With Matt Rossell on the Fur Industry 20.Dec.2008 11:57

Jim Lockhart

Interview with Matt Rossell of Portland In Defense of Animals on the Community Television program, "A Growing Concern." Segment includes video footage of conditions in a fur farm.........

About 1/2 hour in length


Where? 30.Dec.2008 21:13

SB

Would it be possible to find out the locations of some of these traps so we can disable them?

Trap locations 31.Dec.2008 09:33

info@trapfreeoregon info@trapfreeoregon.org

The only trap location that's been reported is in Wallowa County near Joseph: leghold, Conibear traps and neck snares are set along both sides of Hurricane Creek Road from the National Forest boundary west to the end of the road. One dog has been trapped here so far this season.

Unless people report trap sightings to TrapFree Oregon, we don't know where traplines are set.

In snow country, trap sets are obvious because the trappers park their vehicles as close to them as possible and leave a visible trail to the traps. So if you see a foot trail going off the road or snowmobile trail, follow it. You can also ask the local ODFW office, but they almost certainly won't tell you anything but that trapping is legal and messing with traps illegal.

If anybody out there does know of any trapping in their area, please let TrapFree Oregon know at  http://trapfreeoregon.org/page5.html#reportincident