By, Amy Patrick, OHA Outreach Director
OHA has voiced strong opposition to a petition to ban marten trapping west of the I-5 corridor since its presentation to the ODFW Commission in August 2018. During that time we have participated with ODFW staff to produce rules changes to reflect common sense species management that does not include a sweeping ban of trapping.
OHA supports the revised rules changes proposed by ODFW staff for consideration at the September ODFW Commission meeting. The changes augment current research projects studying the Humboldt marten population by restricting marten-specific trapping in the Dunes National Recreation Area only. Trapping of other species, such as the marten’s main predator, the bobcat, will not be affected. Requiring a carcass turn-in for any marten taken, including roadkill, also supports ongoing research by ODFW and other organizations.
While trapping of martens has been virtually non-existent the last three seasons, recommendations by ODFW reflect a reasonable approach to management of Oregon’s wildlife while not restricting viable tools such as trapping.