On Aug. 28, we filed a lawsuit in Washoe District Court against the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners. The complaint alleges that the commission has failed to take action to protect animals, birds, and domestic pets that are unintentionally caught by trappers. It asks that trapping season not occur until such time as a trapping management plan is constructed to provide protection for animals and birds.
Information gathered by the Nevada Department of Wildlife from reports by trappers suggests that thousands of animals, including rabbits, pack rats, occasional eagles and hawks, ravens, domestic dogs and cats, and mountain lions are captured over a decade. And these numbers are probably the tip of the iceberg.
More information for interested citizens can be found at our Facebook page, Nevadans for Responsible Wildlife Management.
~ Don Molde, Reno, and Mark Smith, Incline Village