What We Do

Education

We strive to share pertinent, up-to-date, science-based information with the public, and encourage individuals, organizations, local communities, and government agencies to work collaboratively to achieve meaningful trapping reform and progressive wildlife management.

As our society and climate rapidly change, resulting in significant impacts to our wildlife and habitat, we need a new and creative approach to wildlife management that involves the larger public.  As trapping continues almost anywhere on public land, our people, pets and wildlife suffer the impacts. Tens of thousands of animals targeted for trapping die each year in Wyoming. Thousands more non-target animals, including dogs, livestock, endangered and threatened species, and birds of prey are trapped and killed as well. Education is a cornerstone to our approach to raise public awareness of the issues surrounding our outdated wildlife management.  We believe change will follow.

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Our Priorities

Reform

Wyoming’s wildlife management is not keeping pace with our modern society’s views of the intrinsic value of our wildlife.  Programs and agencies need to transform to engage and serve broader constituencies.

Currently, archaic steel traps can be set on any public trail or almost anywhere on public lands resulting with few trap-free areas that offer a reasonable expectation of safety for the public or wildlife.  Unregulated predator killing contests for fun and prizes are on the increase. Science takes a secondary role in our management agency’s policy decisions due to the outdated perspective on wildlife and the absence of the non-consumptive public in the decision-making.  The growing broader public must insist that our wildlife management agencies recognize and utilize the principles of modern day wildlife biology along with the values of non-consumptive users to inform actions of wildlife management that account for diversity in decisions regarding Wyoming’s wildlife.

Lead with Compassion

Advocacy

We promote an overall ethic of compassionate coexistence for our wildlife and other natural resources in our rapidly changing society.

Wildlife has intrinsic value both as sentient beings and as vital contributors to the health of our ecosystem. However, animals caught in traps suffer needlessly. We encourage better understanding, which we believe will lead to increased value of wildlife. Compassionate coexistence will naturally lead to a more balanced approach to management of natural resources and less tolerance of unchecked exploitation. We advocate for greater safety for pets and people and for increased accountability for trappers. We advocate for changes in Wyoming’s laws and regulations to better meet the needs and expectations of an ever more educated public to join us in creating a conservation ethic aligned with ecological and socially current principles.

Our Strategy For The Future

The Plan

Wyoming Untrapped will continue to focus on three main program areas; education, reform and advocacy.  We are informing the public of the hazard of Wyoming’s inhumane wildlife trapping practices, encouraging wildlife management agencies and decision makers to modernize the state’s trapping regulations and management policies, and mobilizing and informing a concerned citizenry to achieve solution-based strategies to reach our mission.

If you would like to learn more about our strategic plan,
please call 307-201-2422 or email  info@wyominguntrapped.org.

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