Idaho Wildlife Officials Opt for Classes Over Trapping Restrictions
POST FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's Fish and Game commissioners say they'd rather have trappers take classes than restrict the use of controversial body-gripping snares.
Officials have been weighing the issue since receiving complaints from hunters and other people worried about their safety in areas used by trappers. The "conibear" snares killed two dogs in northern Idaho last winter. But the Spokesman-Review reports that the commission on Thursday rejected a proposal to restrict the use of the traps.
Instead, some commissioners said they would consider mandatory trapper classes, as are already required of hunters and wolf trappers. They plan to take up the issue again at their meeting in January.