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Idaho earned a D in our State Trapping Report Card. Idaho allows all types of traps, allows trappers to leave their traps unattended for three days (72 hours), does not require trapping education, and only requires trappers to report non-targeted animals if they are dead. Live animals, who may be injured, are to be released and don't need to be reported.
When it comes to trapping regulations, there is much room for improvement in Idaho. Two of the most important issues for safeguarding the public and companion animals are:
The Canada lynx was documented in Idaho for the first time in more than 15 years when it was reported that the imperiled cat was inadvertently caught in a foothold trap in January 2012 in the Salmon-Challis National Forest.
Wolf trapping is legal in Idaho. In 2011, Congress stripped Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in the Northern Rockies. In response, both Idaho and Montana opened wolf hunting and trapping seasons with an aim to dramatically reduce wolf populations. The cruelty of wolf trapping in particular has garnered media attention.
Project Wolf is a movement to protect wolves through education and communication.
View Born Free USA's database of non-targeted animals reported trapped in Idaho.
Bella is the companion dog of a U.S. Forest Service contractor. She almost died when she got caught in a Wildlife Services snare set for wolves in Boise National Forest. "Stuck for 9-10 hours with a cable choking her neck, foot and torso, Bella chewed off her own foot in a desperate attempt to free herself." Read about Bella's harrowing story and both her and her guardian's recovery from their injuries.