Ruffed Grouse Society Voices Support for Minnesota Trapping Legislation Intended to Improve Dog Safety


04/01/15

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PRESS RELEASE

Ruffed Grouse Society
451 McCormick Rd
Coraopolis PA 15139
www.ruffedgrousesociety.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2015

Coraopolis, PA – The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) has voiced support for proposed legislation designed to address concerns over the loss of hunting dogs and companion animals to certain body-gripping traps. The legislation in question, SF 1325, would require that trappers set traps in manners that would decrease the likelihood that non-target animals, such as dogs, would be caught and harmed.

In his letter to Senator John Hoffman, the author of SF 1325, RGS President and CEO John Eichinger states, “The proposed trap-use requirements outlined in SF 1325 appear reasonable and consistent with requirements in other states that have trapping histories and opportunities similar to those in Minnesota. The Ruffed Grouse Society is confident that Minnesota’s skilled trappers will have little difficulty adapting to these new procedures.”

However, the RGS is strongly opposed to language in SF 1325 that would require trappers to secure written permission from the landowner prior to placing traps on private lands. “This stipulation places on unreasonable burden on trappers and could set a dangerous precedent for the future of outdoor recreation in Minnesota. After all, if trappers are required to obtain written permission to pursue their passion on private lands, why not bird watchers or deer hunters?” according to Eichinger.

The future of SF 1325 is unclear. The RGS encourages those in Minnesota with an interest in the issue to weigh in with their local state senator and representative.


Established in 1961, The Ruffed Grouse Society/American Woodcock Society is North America’s foremost conservation organization dedicated to preserving our sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife.  RGS/AWS works with landowners and government agencies to develop critical habitat utilizing scientific management practices.

Information on RGS/AWS, its mission, management projects and membership can be found at: www.ruffedgrousesociety.org.

 

Media Contact:

Matt Soberg
RGS/AWS Editor & Director of Communications
(218) 232-6227
editor@ruffedgrousesociety.org

FOR MORE INFORMATION: See the RGS/AWS trapping page.

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Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society is North America's foremost conservation organization dedicated to preserving our sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife. RGS works with landowners and government agencies to develop critical habitat utilizing scientific management practices.

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