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As I reported last fall, the animal-welfare group Arizonans for Wildlife had filed the paperwork to collect signatures for a ballot initiative that would outlaw the hunting or trapping of wild cats. On April 3rd The Humane Society of the United States pulled the plug on its effort to put the measure on the November ballot citing difficulty in collecting the required 150,642 valid signatures by July 5th.
In a prepared statement, Kitty Block, acting president of The Humane Society of the United States, said efforts to gather the necessary signatures have been hampered by some new Arizona laws governing the circulation of initiative petitions. Block also said there also are “national issues that currently demand our attention.”
Over the past twenty years, the Best Management Practices for Traps and Trapping have become an invaluable tool in protecting traps and trapping. The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies has a tremendous website where you will discover an incredible amount of information for use in defending trapping. You will find numerous publications, reports and surveys as well as the latest information regarding BMPs.
You can visit the AFWA site at www.fishwildlife.org/afwa-inspires/furbearer-management