Utah Considers Coyote Trapping Change

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After a trapper sets a trap to catch a coyote, when should he be required to visit the trap again to see if he caught anything?

That's a question you can help answer at a series of public meetings.

Currently, trappers in Utah must check all of their foothold traps within 48 hours of setting them. Lethal traps, such as neck snares, must be checked once every 96 hours.

An idea that's being proposed would lengthen both of those times to seven days.

Members of Utah's Central Regional Advisory Council have asked the Utah Wildlife Board to lengthen the times. At the board's Dec. 2 meeting, members of the board directed the Division of Wildlife Resources to take the idea to the public.

More information about the proposed change is available at go.usa.gov/1nL .

Share your thoughts

After reviewing the proposal at go.usa.gov/1nL, you can share your thoughts about the possible change with members of your Regional Advisory Council one of two ways. (RAC chairmen will share the input they receive with members of the Utah Wildlife Board when the board meets in Salt Lake City on Jan. 4.):

RAC meetings

You can attend your upcoming RAC meeting. Dates, times and locations are as follows:

  • Northeastern Region
    Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m.
    Bingham Entrepreneurship and Energy Research Center
    320 N. Aggie Blvd. (2000 W.), Vernal
  • Central Region
    Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m.
    rovo City Council Chambers
    351 W. Center Street, Provo
  • Northern Region
    Dec. 15, 6 p.m.
    Brigham City Community Center
    24 N. 300 W., Brigham City


You can also provide your comments to your RAC via e-mail. E-mail addresses for your RAC members are available at wildlife.utah.gov/public_meetings.

The group each RAC member represents (sportsman, non-consumptive, etc.) is listed under each person's e-mail address. You should direct your e-mail to the people on the RAC who represent your interest.


jaybe's picture

Wow! I've never done any

Wow! I've never done any trapping, but the idea of letting an animal be caught in a foot trap for up to seven days sounds rather strange to me. Obviously, if the trap is designed to kill the animal instantly, it really wouldn't matter how long it was there before being checked. After all, it's only the trapper who stands to lose if the pelt gets damaged or destroyed by birds or other predators after an animal is killed in a lethal trap. But if an animal is caught in a foot trap, it is obviously going to be suffering for as long as it's there. It will not be able to get food or water, and it may well chew it's own foot off in order to escape.

I guess if I was in Utah, I would be inclined to voice my opinion in favor of keeping the regulations as they are. For an animal to remain 48 hours in a foot trap seems to me like long enough before finally being put out its misery. Plus - if it happens to be the wrong kind of animal - say one that's not open season on - it could be released before succumbing to the elements.