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Minnesota House File 2086 seeks to modify the use of certain traps used in hunting, and would require the reporting of pets or companion animals found caught in the traps.  While the bill has been referred to the Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy Committee, it has not been scheduled for consideration.  Concerned owners and enthusiasts are encouraged to contact their state representative and express their thoughts on the legislation.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) encourages and strongly supports the interaction and mutual enjoyment of owners and dogs in sporting activities such as hunting and field trials; in working circumstances such as herding, tracking, and pulling; and in competitive events such a dog shows, obedience trials, agility trials, and other performance events and tests.  The AKC believes that dogs should be properly cared for, humanely trained, and not pushed beyond reasonable limits for which they were bred.

AKC supports measures that help ensure the safety of dogs participating in such activities. 

As introduced, HF 2086 would:

  • Modify the acceptable uses of body-gripping and encapsulated foot traps.
  • Require a person who finds a pet or companion animal taken in the person’ trap or snare to notify a conservation officer or employee of the Fish and Wildlife Division within 24 hours after the animal is discovered by the person or the taking is reported to the person.  Failure to do so would result in a misdemeanor and loss of income.

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Concerned Minnesota residents are encouraged to contact their state representative to express their views on HB 2086 and trapping practices.  Click here to access the Minnesota Legislature’s Who Represents Me? tool.

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