How many steel-jaw leghold traps, steel-wire snares, and other body-gripping animal
traps are there in the section of the Gila National Forest shown in this photo?

                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo by W. Szymanski
Answer: Because trappers are not required to mark the location of the animal traps they set and
hide on our public lands in New Mexico, no one knows.

Most tourists and residents do not realize it, but the trapping of wildlife for the purpose of stripping the fur off their backs to sell to the highest fashion industry bidder is still permitted today in the Gila National Forest and on our other public lands in New Mexico.

And steel-jaw leghold traps, steel-wire snares and other body-gripping traps are the barbaric devices used by trappers to capture their prey -- and "unintended" victims, too, like dogs, owls, hawks and eagles.

Animal fur is a necessity only to the animal that was born with it. And wildlife management goals can be achieved without the use of these barbaric trapping devices.

By bringing public attention to the fact that trapping of wildlife is largely unregulated and takes place in the Gila National Forest and on other public lands in the state, we hope to help convince the State of New Mexico to ban this cruelty from public lands.

Please call the Governor of New Mexico (505-476-2200) and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (505-476-8000) and politely tell them you do not want cruel traps on public lands in New Mexico. Also, you can contact the New Mexico Game Commissioners here.

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*Thanks to the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter for the use of the idea this question poses.