To all trappers:
Delaware trappers need your help. Delaware has proposed a regular coyote and fox trapping season which is something they have never had. The proposed change will allow the state to properly manage fox and coyote population and allow trappers to use the appropriate size traps.
Of course, the Animal Rights groups are out in force trying to derail this proposal.
Everyone who reads this is asked to send an email in support of trapping and the establishment of a fox and coyote trapping season to the email address below…
You can make up your own comments or simply copy and paste the ones below. The content matters as they will all get read and counted. You can make a difference. It doesn’t matter where you are or if you have never trapped in Delaware or you don’t think you will. You will never be asked your location or intentions..
Please take 2 minutes and send an email.
The deadline for comments is September 19, 2013
Some sample comments are as follows:
• I fully support scientific management of coyotes, foxes and all furbearers and science based seasons for them. Delaware has needed this for quite some time.
• Trapping and snaring are the only proven management technique available to wildlife managers to control coyote and fox populations. There are no other tools that work effectively. Coyotes are top tier predators and are having a huge impact on our current wildlife populations and domestic animals.
• Proper sized traps for coyotes are by necessity larger than raccoon and fox traps, therefore the trap size increases are needed. The current 1.5 sized traps are ineffective as coyote control devices.
• Properly adjusted traps can selectively target animals by weight. Therefore coyotes and other predators can be targeted by trappers while excluding other animals.
• Best management practices indicate offset and padded jaw traps perform well in larger sizes needed for coyotes. Live-hold foothold traps are used in many relocation programs including wolves, otters and others. Live-hold foothold traps remain the only effective devices to capture predators.
• Delaware already has snaring as a management tool. The current regulations need nothing more. Cable restraints would be a large step backwards and would remove a very valuable tool from wildlife managers. Therefore the proposed cable restraint regulations are not needed and should be dropped.
• A better definition of a relaxing lock is one that stops tightening when the target stops pulling.