Wednesday, February 8
City County Building
201 Martin Luther King Blvd
The County Parks Department has written a “Limited Access Trapping Permit” and will ask the County Parks Commission to approve this first-ever county-approved recreational trapping plan.
The adoption of this plan will set a terrible precedent, potentially opening many Dane County parks to trapping, and guaranteeing that the County will continue to apply for DNR-administered Stewardship grants for land acquisition even though they will be required to provide recreational trapping opportunities.
1. Attend the meeting. Tell the Commissioners that opening Dane County Parks to trapping isn’t worth $162,000.
2. If you can’t attend, please email the Commissioners here: firstname.lastname@example.org or call them and voice your opposition to recreational trapping in Dane County Parks.
Background: In 2011, Dane County purchased 25 acres adjacent to McCarthy County Park for $325,000. The County owns the new parcel. The park is 245 acres, including the new 25-acre parcel.
The County applied for a state DNR-administered Stewardship grant to offset the cost and has been tentatively awarded half the purchase price, $162,000.
In order to receive the Stewardship grant, the County is required by the DNR to provide recreational trapping opportunities on the new 25-acre parcel. Except in very special rare circumstances, all lands bought with Stewardship grants are required to be open to trapping.
Traps are indiscriminate. They can catch and kill any animal who steps on one or sticks their nose in one. They are very cruel; they can leave an animal with broken bones, lacerations, and in pain and fear until the trapper eventually checks the trap and kills them.
Trapping is a pastime of the tiniest minority; opening Dane County Parks to trapping appeases the most extreme fringe of so-called outdoorsmen; trapping is inhumane, has no redeeming value, and should not be allowed to become an accepted and promoted use of our public lands.