By Amy Patrick, OHA Outreach Director
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on Sept. 13 approved the requests of petitioners seeking to ban marten trapping west of the I-5 corridor. Additionally, a ban on all mammal trapping within the Dunes National Recreation Area and a prohibition of traps or snares suspended in trees within the Siuslaw and Siskiyou National Forests were also implemented.
Despite ODFW staff recommendations and multiple testimonies by OHA staff, Oregon Trappers Association, Oregon Farm Bureau, and Oregon Forest & Industries Council, the commissioners voted 4-3 to uphold the petition filed last year by several activist groups.
The vote signals a broader concern regarding all trapping within Oregon in light of California’s recent move to ban all trapping within the state and New Mexico’s ban on trapping in two national forests. OHA continues to support trapping as an important wildlife management tool.