Rep. Josephson Hopeful Legislation Will Prevent Accidental Trapping of Pets and Hikers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2016
Juneau – In an effort to reduce conflicts between trappers and recreational users of public lands in Alaska, Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage) has introduced HB 306. The bill seeks to prohibit trapping within 200 feet of public trails and facilities.
“In no way do I want to limit the lawful activities of responsible trappers in Alaska, but it seems wrong to ask trail users to be constantly on the lookout for dangerous traps within just a stone’s throw of trails and recreation areas,” said Rep. Josephson. “This bill puts in place reasonable protections to reduce conflicts, which will be good for trappers and recreational users across the state. This is especially true in the Mat-Su, Kenai Peninsula, and Southeast regions where pets being caught in traps has been an issue for years.”
HB 306 would prohibit a person from setting a trap or snare within 200 feet of public trails, campsites, recreational beaches, rest stops, and other public facilities. Violations would be considered class B misdemeanors and come with specific fines that are detailed in the legislation.
“For years I have heard from constituents that trapping so close to recreational areas poses dangers to people and pets,” said Rep. Josephson. “The Alaska Board of Game has abdicated their responsibility in this matter so it’s up to the Alaska Legislature to protect users and prevent future conflicts.”
HB 306 has been referred to the House Resources, Judiciary, and Finance Committees.
For more information contact Megan Rowe in Rep. Josephson’s office at (907) 465-4939.