I don’t like trapping but understand there’s a place for it; however, not in high-public-use or residential areas. There’s land and animals in the vast backcountry for ethical trapping. Trappers who drive into communities like Cooper Landing and trap along public-use trails and beside the road system are not ethical. Those are the trappers who generate conflict. Many rural communities accessible by road are larger than they appear from the highway and the impact of trapping on their residents is becoming more apparent. Being a rural community does not constitute backcountry.
I shouldn’t need a backpack full of tools to rescue my dogs when walking them on-leash for fresh air and sniffing the woods. Even if I did, they could easily be killed in a Conibear trap. I don’t believe trappers have rights, entitlements or “privileges” to encroach on private property, signage or not.
Are we coming to a point where entire communities must be surrounded by “No Trespassing” signs or fences to protect our children and pets?
— Kay Thomas