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PostPosted: 26 Feb 2007, 17:01 
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Washington Bill Will Rectify Problems Created by Voter-Approved Trapping Ban- (02/25/07)

The days when Washington trappers would wake early to run trap lines are gone, but they are not forgotten. A state representative has introduced a bill to bring back the tradition.

Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, introduced HB 1606 to restore the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s authority to manage furbearer populations and nuisance wildlife utilizing trapping. On Feb. 21, the bill received a hearing in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources.

In 2000, out of state animal rights groups campaigned and convinced voters to ban trapping at the ballot. Once the initiative passed, the state attorney general ruled that traps could not be used to control nuisance wildlife. As a result, private property damage from moles, gophers and coyotes has skyrocketed.

Washington residents were also left without the most effective control for animals that carry rabies and other wildlife-borne diseases. Consequently, there is an increased risk to human health and safety.

Take action! Washington sportsmen should contact their state representatives and urge them to support HB 1606. Explain that urban areas are experiencing lumpy yards and golf course fairways, while rural residents face economic hardships because of a surplus of predators and no effective means to control them. House Bill 1606 will solve the problems. To contact your representative, call 360/753-5000 or use the Legislative Action Center at http://www.ussportsmen.org.

Molon Labe.

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