Steps Forward for Setbacks
If you have been following Wyoming Untrapped’s work lately, you know that we are making real progress toward the implementation of furbearer trapping setbacks along some trails in Teton County. What would that look like for Teton County? Take a look- we now have a map detailing all of those trails, as well as our requested closure of the Greater Snow King Recreation Area.
Wyoming Untrapped is not advocating for an outright ban of trapping in Wyoming- trapping is embedded in the state’s constitution. Instead, what we seek is a way to mitigate potential user-conflicts on public lands that can arise from traps being placed in areas predominately used for non-consumptive recreation. Jackson Hole has unique land management challenges. With two National Parks, the Elk Refuge, world-class wildlife watching, two ski resorts, and all the other tourism and lifestyle draws our valley has, our visitor-ship, population, and outdoor recreation community is rapidly growing. Every type of use has an impact, and we believe trapping reform accommodates a broad range of public land users. Indeed, non-trapping users want a place where they can go without having to encounter traps, for the sake of themselves, their families, and pets.
Our Proposed Reform would result in:
39,352 Acres Closed to Furbearer Trapping
175 Miles of Trails with Furbearer Trapping Setbacks
22 Miles of Seasonal Roads with Furbearer Trapping Setbacks
This may sound like a lot, but it’s a pretty small change that would make huge difference in our community. To put these numbers in perspective, this would only close furbearer trapping in:
1.46% of all Land in Teton County
Even when you consider the National Parks as already closed to trapping and that some Forest Service lands are closed to all human access in winter, this would only affect 2.95% of areas presently open to trapping in Teton County.