Letter: Facts about trapping
Re “Remembering a canine companion’s horrible death” (Sunday Monitor letter, Dec. 1):
Fact: Trapping, like hunting and fishing, remains an important tool of wildlife biologists to control wildlife populations.
Fact: Trapping is one of the most heavily regulated of the “hook and bullet” sports. For example, all trappers are required to check all of their traps every 24 hours, to obtain landowner permission before placing traps and to provide GPS coordinates of their sets at Fish and Game’s request.
No trapper I know would place a trap as close to a well-used hiking trail as the one that took the life of poor Andrew the dog. The behavior of the species targeted by trappers (beaver, fisher, etc.) dictate that they be placed well away from areas of human activity.
I question whether this unfortunate incident can even be pinned on the trapping community in New Hampshire. Does anybody know if they ever identified the person who placed the trap that killed Andrew? Was it a legitimate, licensed trapper? Or perhaps he or she had some other motive? To get back at someone? Maybe it was a crazy dog-hater?
One thing is certain: The person who placed that trap next to the trail in Auburn was a thoughtless idiot who deserves to have a leg caught in a trap. The person not only took the life of someone’s beloved pet but also did a massive disservice to the community of New Hampshire sportsmen and women. And I have no doubt that those sportsmen and women will come out in droves this winter to oppose any legislation that would intrude on their rights. Just as they did the last time such legislation came up for a vote.