BEND, Ore. (AP) — A West Linn man whose dog was caught in an otter trap wants the Legislature to set out rules forcing trappers to clearly mark their traps’ locations.
The Bend Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/wEXgr0 ) that 57-year-old Jack Williamson has started a petition urging lawmakers to require trappers to mark the locations of their traps or face a misdemeanor penalty.
Traps can be concealed on public land, even close to trails.
Trapping rules will be addressed by a state commission in June.
An Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist says minimal snowfall may be allowing people to go further into recreational areas than they typically are able, bringing them — and their pets — into more frequent contact with traps.
Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com