The intent of this proposed rule is to extend the time period by which any person must visit every snare placed for gray wolves and remove any catch therein such that the time period between checks does not exceed 192 hours (8 days) for specific units and time of year. The proposed rule extends the time period between snare checks only in that portion of Game Management Unit 7 including and upstream from the Gold Creek and Mosquito Creek drainages, and in Game Management Unit 9, and only within the period January 1 – February 15.
The proposed rule would apply only to snares set for wolves and would not apply to foothold traps. Snares are set with the intention of being quickly lethal to a captured wolf. Because of the limited amount of winter access in these remote units it is impractical for most trappers to run a trap line in compliance with the 72 hr check requirement. Proponents of the rule state that because snares are typically lethal very quickly, the 72hr check frequency is unnecessary, and a check period of up to a maximum of 192 hours (8 days) would allow trappers to set and check a snare trap line once per week (on weekends for example).
Because of the limited winter access to these remote units during winter, confining an extended snare check period to January 1 – February 15 is not expected to result in conflicts with other user groups.
If adopted by the Commission as a proposed rule, the rule must be upheld by the 2019 Legislature to become effective for January 1-February 15, 2020.
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