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Minnesota: Prohibit the Use of Snares to Take Wild Animals

Minnesota: Prohibit the Use of Snares to Take Wild Animals

Name: Prohibiting Use of Snares to Take Wild Animals

Bill Number: HF 2160/ SF1447

Snares are primitive wire nooses that are designed to tighten around an animal's leg or neck. The frantic struggles of a trapped animal can quickly cause the wire to tighten and cause the animal to die slowly from strangulation or have their circulation cut off from a limb. The use of snares to trap wildlife is a cruel and indiscriminate practice as animals caught in a snare could be left to suffer for hours or even days before they succumb to their injuries. Current law allows snares to be used from October to March, meaning that wildlife caught in the snare could be buried under snow with no way to escape. This bill would prohibit the use of snares to take wild animals—including bears—except for predator control. 

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Please Put an End Trapping Wild Animals

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for legislation, HF2160/ SF1447, which would ensure the safety of wild animals from entrapment by snares. The use of snares to trap wildlife is a cruel and indiscriminate practice as animals caught in a snare could be left to suffer for hours or even days before they succumb to their injuries.

Snares are primitive wire nooses that, depending on how they are set, are designed to tighten around an animal's leg or neck. The frantic struggles of trapped animals can quickly cause the wire to knot so that it tightens and the animal dies of strangulation. While small victims of neck snares may become unconscious in five to ten minutes from strangulation, larger animals may suffer for days. Snares do not have the potential to consistently produce a quick death, often leaving wild animals to suffer a long and painful death.

This bill would prohibit the use of snares to take wildlife throughout the year, including the taking of bears, which currently requires a special permit. However, snares could still be used for predator control.

I hope that you will give your full support to the passage of this measure before the end of the current legislative session. Thank You.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]