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Trap Release Workshops 2022


2022 Workshops

September 29 – Laramie

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm in the Brown Room, Holiday Inn 204 N 30th St, Laramie, WY 82070. Registration is not required for this event. Free, all ages welcome.

September 30 – Pinedale

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Lovatt Community Room, Pinedale Library 155 S Tyler Ave, Pinedale, WY 82941. Registration is not required for this event. Free, all ages welcome.

October 1 – Jackson

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Event space at SpringHill Suites by Marriot, 150 W Simpson Ave, Jackson, WY 83001. Registration is not required for this event. Free, all ages welcome.

What you learn in this workshop may save your pet’s life.

With the Wyoming furbearer trapping season starting October 1st, the Wyoming Untrapped (WU) team is happy to announce that our highly requested Trap Release Workshop will be offered this season in person. WU has worked diligently to provide these workshops so that our communities will be safe, prepared, and educated this trapping season.

Believe it or not, trapping is legal on almost all public lands across Wyoming. An adequately set trap or snare is nearly impossible to see and can be baited, unintentionally attracting your pet. In Wyoming, trappers can legally set an unlimited number of traps, including along heavily used hiking trails. Trapped or snared pets may have only minutes to live once caught. More than 85 dogs have been reported trapped, and 11 have been reported killed in Wyoming since 2000. Many more go unreported.

This year’s workshops will be held in Laramie, Pinedale, and Jackson. This event was made possible by our wonderful sponsors, Friends of Bridger-Teton and PAWS of Jackson Hole, and through the generosity of our supporters, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Wyoming Coalition for Animal Protection (WYCAP), Happy Endings Animal Rescue (H.E.A.R),  and caring individual donors nationwide. We are grateful for every single one of you.

These events are free to the public and open to all ages.

Meet instructor Dave Pauli – Director, Wildlife Innovations Humane Society (US)

Melissa GrooDave Pauli started his animal career in 1979 by creating a wildlife conflict resolution business in Madison, Wisconsin, called Humane Animal Controls, Inc. Since then, he also served as a superintendent of animal control (Billings Animal Shelter), a bi-county Humane Society in Eastern Washington (Tri-Cities) and for the past 30 years as a field responder/manager for The Humane Society of The United States. Dave has responded to domestic animal/exotic/wild animal projects in all 50 states and in Taiwan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Haiti, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Canada, Turks & Caicos, Costa Rico, Vieques, Culebra, St Johns, Molokai, and a seaborne rescue ship. Dave currently works remotely solving wildlife conflicts, responds to natural disasters, and participates in chemical immobilization and immunocontraception projects for deer. He also engages in volume capture projects for prairie dogs and feral dogs, and cats for translocation or spaying. The remainder of his time is allocated to helping all HSUS, Humane Society International, and the Wildlife Land Trust with field projects or programs. He is an HSUS point person on wild pigs, prairie dogs, beavers, turtles and tortoises, pigeons, trapping issues, and wildlife contraception. Dave began teaching trap-release workshops with us in 2013.

About Wyoming Untrapped

Wyoming Untrapped promotes trapping reform through education and advocacy for Wyoming’s people, pets, and wildlife. We envision a future where inhumane trapping is unimaginable.

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