The Department of Natural Resources held a public listening session on permanently allowing trapping in state parks Thursday night.
Right now, most state parks allow trapping, but a group of citizens are against the law.
“While millions of animals are harmed each year in traps for recreational and commercial purposes, hundreds of thousands more non-target species, including domestic cats and dogs, also fall victim to this form of capture,” said Susan Krebsbach, a local veterinarian with Dane County Friends of Ferals. “Family dogs and cats, as well as endangered species, are often severely injured or killed as a result of traps set for wild animals by trappers. This could not be more true than allowing traps in the Wisconsin state parks.”
DNR officials said trapping in state parks is under temporary rules right now, and Thursday night’s meeting was to get input on making the rules permanent.
“We have heard from people. They seem to be generally comfortable with the rule proposal we’ve got, but as we saw over the last year, just the issues of hunting and trapping in parks is something people are interested in, and we are glad to hear about it from them,” said Scott Loomans with the DNR.
Many trapping seasons are in full swing right now with most ending sometime in February. It isn’t clear when the DNR will make a final decision on whether to make the trapping rules permanent.