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Anti-trapping measure planned

 Posted: 4:15 PM November 12, 2012

BEND, Ore. — A group based in Central Oregon plans an anti-trapping measure for the 2014 ballot.

The TrapFree Oregon initiative would ban trapping of animals for fur or other body parts and outlaw the buying or selling of fur or other parts of trapped animals, The Bend Bulletin reported Monday.

It also would make poisoning animals illegal but make exceptions for mice and other small rodent-like animals and larger animals that can't be controlled by non-lethal means.

"We are ready to go," said Lucinda Baker, executive director of TrapFree Oregon.

The movement to ban trapping started earlier this year in Bend after a half-dozen dogs were caught in traps in Central Oregon.

The state Fish and Wildlife Commission restricted traps near marked trails, trailhead and campgrounds to protect people and their pets, but Baker said the rules didn't go far enough.

TrapFree Oregon has submitted paperwork to the secretary of state's office. It expects to gather more than 100,000 signatures to put the measure on the ballot, Baker said.

Voters in Oregon have twice rejected trapping bans, in 1980 and 2000.

Four states around the West have passed trapping bans — Arizona in 1994, Colorado in 1996, California in 1998 and Washington in 2000.

Trappers use traps to collect pelts for sale and to keep troublesome animals, from muskrats to coyotes, in check, said Don Nichols, fur sales manager for the Oregon Territorial Council on Furs Inc.

— Associated Press

Information from: The Bulletin,

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