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State Prohibitions on Leghold, Kill-type, and Snare Traps


Leghold Trap:

Arizona

Date: 09/12/86

Exception(s): public lands; human health/safety, rodent control, wildlife research/relocation (jaws must be padded or offset)

Law: ARIZ. REV. STAT. ANN. § 17-301 D; ARIZ. ADMIN. CODE 12-4-307

How Enacted: Initiative/Regulation

California

Date: 11/03/98

Exception(s): human health/safety (jaws must be padded)

Law: CAL. FISH & GAME CODE § 3003.1

How Enacted: Initiative

Colorado

Date: 01/15/97

Exception(s): human health/safety, rodent control, wildlife research/relocation, by permit for animal damage control for up to 30 days (jaws must be padded)

Law: COLO. REV. STAT. §§ 33-6-203, 33-6-207, 33-6-208; 8 COLO. CODE REGS. § 1201-12

How Enacted: Initiative/Regulation

Florida

Date: 1979 & last amended 1998

Exception(s): by permit for animal damage control (jaws must be padded)

Law: FLA. ADMIN. CODE ANN. r. 68A-12.009(4), 68A-24.002(3); FL Hunting Handbook & Regulations

How Enacted: Regulation/Policy

Massachusetts

Date: 11/05/96

Exception(s): human health/safety

Law: MASS. GEN. LAWS ch. 131, § 80A

How Enacted: Initiative

New Jersey

Date: 1984

Exception(s): none

Law: N.J. REV. STAT. §§ 23:4-22.1 to 23:4-22.7

How Enacted: Legislation

Rhode Island

Date: 1981

Exception(s): by permit for animal damage control for up to 90 days

Law: R.I. GEN. LAWS § 20-16-8

How Enacted: Legislation

Washington

Date: 11/07/00

Exception(s): by permit for human health/safety, endangered species protection, wildlife research, animal damage control for up to 30 days (jaws must be padded)

Law: WASH. REV. CODE § 77.15.194 - 77.15.198

How Enacted: Initiative


Conibear (Kill) Trap:

Arizona

Date: 1994

Exception(s): public lands; human health/safety, rodent control, wildlife research/relocation

Law: ARIZ. REV. STAT. ANN. § 17-301 D

How Enacted: Initiative

California

Date: 11/03/98

Exception(s): all purposes except recreation or commerce in fur

Law: CAL. FISH & GAME CODE § 3003.1

How Enacted: Initiative

Colorado

Date: 01/15/97

Exception(s): human health/safety, rodent control, by permit for animal damage control for up to 30 days

Law: COLO. REV. STAT. §§ 33-6-203, 33-6-207, 33-6-208

How Enacted: Initiative

Connecticut

Date: 02/16/94

Exception(s): water sets

Law: CONN. AGENCIES REGS. § 26-66-5

How Enacted: Regulation

Florida

Date: 1997 & last amended 1998

Exception(s): none

Law: FLA. ADMIN. CODE ANN. r. 68A-24.002(3)

How Enacted: Regulation

Maryland

Date: -unknown-

Exception(s): water sets

Law: MD. REGS. CODE tit. 08, § 03.06.03

How Enacted: Regulation

Massachusetts

Date: 11/05/96

Exception(s): human health/safety, by permit for beaver/muskrat damage control

Law: MASS. GEN. LAWS ch. 131, § 80A

How Enacted: Initiative

New Jersey

Date: 1971

Exception(s): water sets

Law: N.J. REV. STAT. § 23:4-38.2

How Enacted: Legislation

Oklahoma

Date: -unknown-

Exception(s): water sets

Law: OK Dept. of Wildlife Conservation Hunting Regulations

How Enacted: Policy

Pennsylvania

Date: -unknown-

Exception(s): water sets

Law: PA Game Commission Hunting & Trapping Regulations

How Enacted: Policy

South Carolina

Date: 1993

Exception(s): water sets

Law: S.C. CODE ANN. § 50-11-2410

How Enacted: Legislation

South Dakota

Date: 1987

Exception(s): water sets

Law: S.D. ADMIN. R. 41:08:02:06

How Enacted: Regulation

Washington

Date: 11/07/00

Exception(s): water sets by permit for human health/safety, endangered species protection, animal damage control for up to 30 days

Law: WASH. REV. CODE § 77.15.194 - 77.15.198

How Enacted: Initiative

West Virginia

Date: -unknown-

Exception(s): water sets

Law: W. VA. CODE ST. R. § 58-53-3

How Enacted: Regulation


Snare:

Alabama

Date: 1982 & last amended 1997

Exception(s): water sets; powered foot snares with max loop of 5-1/2 inches (neck/body snares illegal on land)

Law: ALA. ADMIN. CODE r. 220-2-.30

How Enacted: Regulation

Arizona

Date: 09/12/82

Exception(s): none

Law: ARIZ. ADMIN. CODE 12-4-307

How Enacted: Regulation

California

Date: 11/03/98

Exception(s): all purposes except recreation or commerce in fur

Law: CAL. FISH & GAME CODE § 3003.1

How Enacted: Initiative

Colorado

Date: 01/15/97

Exception(s): human health/safety, rodent control, wildlife research/relocation (nonlethal), by permit for animal damage control for up to 30 days

Law: COLO. REV. STAT. §§ 33-6-203, 33-6-207, 33-6-208

How Enacted: Initiative

Connecticut

Date: 1955

Exception(s): none

Law: CONN. GEN. STAT. § 26-72

How Enacted: Legislation

Illinois

Date: -unknown-

Exception(s): water sets

Law: 520 ILL. COMP. STAT. 5/2.33

How Enacted: Legislation

Maine

Date: 1979, 1979, & 1993

Exception(s): foot snares for bear; water sets for beaver

Law: ME. REV. STAT. ANN. tit. 12, §§ 7453-B, 10105, 12252, 12259

How Enacted: Legislation

Massachusetts

Date: 11/05/96

Exception(s): human health/safety

Law: MASS. GEN. LAWS ch. 131, § 80A

How Enacted: Initiative

Michigan

Date: -unknown-

Exception(s): water sets

Law: Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources Hunting & Trapping Guide

How Enacted: Policy

Missouri

Date: 1957 & last amended 1996

Exception(s): water sets

Law: MO. CODE REGS. ANN. tit. 3, § 10-8.510

How Enacted: Regulation

New Hampshire

Date: 1935 & last amended 1998

Exception(s): water sets for beaver and otter

Law: N.H. REV. STAT. ANN. § 207:10

How Enacted: Legislation

New York

Date: 1972

Exception(s): none

Law: N.Y. ENVTL. CONSERV. LAW § 11-1101

How Enacted: Legislation

North Carolina

Date: 1935 & last amended 1999; 1991 & last amended 1997

Exception(s): water sets for beaver

Law: N.C. GEN. STAT. §§ 113-291.1, 113-291.9

How Enacted: Legislation

Oklahoma

Date: 1974 & last amended 2000

Exception(s): none

Law: OKLA. STAT. tit. 29, § 29-5-502

How Enacted: Legislation

Pennsylvania

Date: 1979 & last amended 2000

Exception(s): water sets for beaver

Law: 58 PA. CODE § 141.6

How Enacted: Regulation

Rhode Island

Date: 1981

Exception(s): none

Law: R.I. GEN. LAWS § 20-16-6

How Enacted: Legislation

South Carolina

Date: 1993

Exception(s): water sets for beaver

Law: S.C. CODE ANN. § 50-11-2410

How Enacted: Legislation

Vermont

Date: 05/09/61

Exception(s): none

Law: VT. STAT. ANN. tit. 10, § 4706

How Enacted: Legislation

Washington

Date: 11/07/00

Exception(s): foot snare by permit for human health/safety, endangered species protection, wildlife research, animal damage control for up to 30 days

Law: WASH. REV. CODE § 77.15.194 - 77.15.198

How Enacted: Initiative

West Virginia

Date: -unknown-

Exception(s): water sets; foot snares with max loop of 6-1/2 inches (neck/body snares illegal on land)

Law: W. VA. CODE ST. R. § 58-53-3

How Enacted: Regulation

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