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The majority of those who visit public lands and other lands open to public use do so to observe wildlife, bird-watch, hike, walk their dogs, backpack, take photographs and otherwise enjoy nature. Most people would agree that the goals of public lands should be to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat and to offer people an opportunity to enjoy our country's natural heritage, but that objective is frustrated by the practice of animal trapping on these lands.
The types of traps most often used in the United States — legholds, conibears and snares — are inhumane and indiscriminate. Traps capture
non-targeted species and therefore pointlessly harm individual animals and entire wildlife populations, even threatened or endangered species such as the Canada lynx. In addition, these traps pose a threat to public land visitors, their domestic animals and children.
Trappers represent only a small fraction of the population. Lands open to the public were not set aside exclusively for trappers, but their concealed and dangerous traps deny all other users the right to safely explore and enjoy these lands.