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S.F. No. 1325 - Trapping Restrictions (First Engrossment)
Author: Senator John A. Hoffman
Prepared By: Greg Knopff, Senate Analyst (651/296-9399)
Date: March 18, 2015


Section 1 [License revocation; not reporting a pet or companion animal taken in a trap or snare] requires license revocation of a person not reporting a pet or companion animal taken in a trap or snare.

Section 2 [Use of body-gripping traps] makes a number of changes to restrictions on body-gripping traps, including;

  1. requiring waterset traps to be completely submerged;
  2. applying the restrictions to traps with a jaw opening wider than 5-1/2 inches;
  3. requiring baited traps to be recessed 12 inches in an enclosure or elevated by five feet;
  4. requiring the opening to an enclosure of a baited trap to be no larger than 50 square inches; and
  5. requiring unbaited traps to be in an enclosure that is no larger than eight inches by eight inches and the trap recessed at least 18 inches.

Section 3 [Placing traps or snares on private land; written permission] requires written permission to place traps or snares on private land of another person.

Section 4 [Reporting pet or companion animals taken; license revocation] provides that:

  1. a person who takes a pet or companion animal in a trap or snare must report the taking to the DNR within 24 hours;
  2. the DNR must report annually to the legislature on pet or companion animals taken by trap; and
  3. a person who illegally takes a pet or companion by trap loses their trapping license and the privilege to obtain a trapping license for five years.
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