Bend group wants trap ban on ballot.

Grass-roots group needs to collect 150,000 signatures for 2014 initiative.


While other groups are urging the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission to change state trapping rules and regulations, a grass-roots effort based in Bend has a grander goal.


"We are going to have trapping banned in Oregon," said Lucinda Baker, director of TrapFree Oregon.


To do so, the grass-roots group intends to collect 150,000 signatures and put an initiative before voters in 2014. Ballot initiatives are voted on every other year, and Baker said there wasn't enough time to collect the minimum 90,000 signatures required by June 1 to put the issue on the ballot this year.


Wally Sykes of Joseph started as an informational website five years ago after his dog was caught in a trap on the Wallowa Whitman National Forest.


Following the rash of dogs caught in traps in Central Oregon this winter, Sykes spoke at a March public meeting in Bend. Since then, the group that organized the meeting has adopted the TrapFree Oregon name as it pushes for a ban on trapping.


Another public meeting is set for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Old Stone Church at 157 N.W. Franklin Ave. Baker said the meeting is for people opposed to trapping who want to learn more about the possible ballot initiative.


- Dylan J. Darling, The Bulletin