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
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 trapfreeoregon.org 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.