Ban Animal Traps on Public Land

Target: Wyoming Governor Matt Mead

Goal: Ban using animal traps on public land to protect innocent, non-targeted animals and humans from injury and death.

Tens of thousands of unhunted animals are accidentally trapped each year in Wyoming alone, and the number is rising. Wyoming is seeing a large growth in hunting license applications, which ultimately means more traps on public lands.

These traps, some of which designed to kill instantly, pose a threat to innocent animals. While hunters are not allowed to keep the trapped non-targeted animals, such as dogs, they are also not required to report them to their owners or the local Game and Fish Department. It is also illegal to tamper with a trap that belongs to another hunter, including freeing a trapped animal, domestic or otherwise.

Hunters have no quotas on the number of animals they can legally harvest, severely threatening the bobcat population. Bobcats are often hunted for their furs and pelts to be sold overseas as part of a growing fashion trend. By not restricting the number of animals each hunter harvests, bobcats could quickly become endangered throughout Wyoming.

The most common trap used by hunters–the leg hold trap–has been deemed inhumane by multiple groups, including the American Veterinary Medical Association. These traps are allowed on public lands, including in the middle of hiking trails. This compromises the safety of humans, domestic animals and other wildlife who are enjoying the natural world and deserve to do so without fear of pain and injury.

Ban trapping on public lands and protect people and non-targeted animals.


Dear Governor Mead,

The tradition of allowing traps on public lands must be stopped for the safety of humans, domestic animals and wildlife populations. Public lands are for everyone’s use as a way to enjoy the natural world. The fact that metal traps designed to maim, injure and kill are allowed in the middle of hiking trails is deplorable and a severe threat to many.

Tens of thousands of non-targeted animals, such as domestic dogs, are trapped and killed in Wyoming each year. It is illegal to tamper with a hunter’s trap and hunters are not required to report the deaths and injuries of domestic animals, ignoring the rights of the harmless animals and their owners. The most common trap clamps the leg of the animal and has been labeled inhumane by a number of organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, yet is still permitted for use in heavily trafficked areas.

The absence of hunting quotas and vague harvest reporting by hunters threatens many wildlife populations across Wyoming, specifically bobcats. Bobcats are becoming widely hunted due to their valuable pelts, and the lack of restrictions could easily devastate their dwindling population.

Please act to ban trapping on public lands. The people of Wyoming, domestic animals and wildlife populations deserve better than dangerous hiking trails, inhumane traps and the threat of endangerment.


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  1. Shelli Schmidt says:

    It will take a politician’s son or daughter to step in 1 of these traps then we will see them banned & burned, probally along with a sacrifice.

  2. Jane Davidson says:

    Ban ALL traps on ALL lands forever. No more of these medieval horrors

  3. I’ve signed this petition but would prefer if ALL traps were banned everywhere in every country. No animal should have to endure the pain and agony of leg traps or worse.

    Companies like Canada Goose endorse and authorise the use of traps so that animals like wolves and bobcats can be trapped, shot and skinned for their fur. Completely unethical and unnecessary. No one needs to wear fur and no one needs to use traps for any reason.

    • Robert Zampino says:

      Very powerful and well said comment Bina. I totally agree. You are a very much needed voice for all animals!

  4. Jane Morrow says:

    I can’t believe that this is even allowed to go on in a supposedly civilised country. If I ever came across a trap I would smash the heck out of it, illegal or not. As for not being able to help the victims – really? Trappers are the same as any other animal abusers in my view – scum.

  5. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser

  6. Ban all animal traps, and ban hunting of all animals

  7. Animal trapping is barbaric, cruel and totally unnecessary! I want animals to be walking and breathing just liked humans on the very same planet do! Animals are not ours to torture and use! Haven’t we evolved, at all??

  8. Lauren Amick says:

    These traps are as inhumane as glue traps are for rodents and bugs. The animal trapped is tortured for days, dying of dehydration, starvation, and shock. No living being deserves to die that way. It is torture.

    And animals besides the ones you’re targeting are also being murdered. Animals like domestic dogs, which I assume some of you have in your very own homes. It could be your pet that dies from these indiscriminate traps next.

    In today’s society there are other ways to “fix” problems such as these. Why would you want to be known as inhumane and cruel human beings who only care about their own agendas? If the people of your town see you striving to do the humane thing for all the living beings you are responsible for, don’t you think that would reflect well for you? I know I would trust and honor my officials who tried to be kind and not cruel.

    Please consider my words, and the words of the other people who have no doubt contacted you.
    Thank you,


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