If these cruel traps were judged by the agony they inflict, they would never be justified.

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Welcome to the TrapFree Oregon website, a source for information about the use of leg- and body-hold traps in our state and how you can help to stop it.

One image shows why trapping must be stopped

Visit the TrapFree Oregon Action Website for complete information on the campaign to abolish fur trapping!

These indiscriminate traps are widely used in Oregon, with over 23,000 animals trapped in 2010-2011 for fur alone. For
every targeted animal caught, one or more non-targeted animals are trapped. Under current regulations, animals can remain in a trap from two to 30 days. The fur trapping season (December through March) is the deadliest time, but trapping goes on all year. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) places very few restrictions on where traps can be set, and traps are not posted.

Read the Trapping  Regulations


(This raccoon was rescued.)

ODFW Commissioners reject most trapping rule changes requested by conservationists.

Read more here.

Troutdale man traps, shoots, buries neighbor’s dog.

This is an example of the “shoot, shovel and shut-up” method of dealing with inconvenient  non-targeted animals in traps.

A steel leg-hold trap can cause serious damage through loss of circulation and tissue damage, not to speak of injuries caused by desperate efforts to escape, which can include dislocated joints, limbs chewed off or mauled, and broken teeth and injured jaws resulting from attacking the trap. To this add dehydration, physical and emotional anguish, injuries sustained while fighting off other animals, or the results of a foot being immobilized in below zero cold for long hours or even days. Federal animal-control agents commonly use leg snares to trap bears. These traps are checked every 76 hours, during which time the bear suffers complete loss of circulation in the leg.


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Print & distribute our brochures about trapping and how to release a pet from a trap. Ask your local humane society and animal rescue groups to have them on hand, as well as stores, coffee-shops, event venues, anywhere you think they would be welcome.

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Fur trapping season runs from November 15 through March 15.

Learn about the traps and how to free your dog

The number of licensed trappers increased in Oregon from 891 in 2002 to 1,283 in 2007, but has since fallen to 766 in 2011. Many Oregonians are outraged that these people can lace our public lands with these hidden, savagely cruel traps. Many Oregonians don't see why they, when on public land, should be subject to the kind of horror that some have experienced, helpless to save their dog as it struggles and dies in a snare or a Conibear trap. No animal, wild or domesticated, should have to suffer such a death, or experience such agony, terror and despair for a day, or two, or however long it takes for death or the trapper to come along. Oregon should not allow our wildlife to be so brutally slaughtered for sport or for profit by fur trappers.The western states of Arizona, California, Colorado, and Washington have severely restricted or banned the use of leg- and body-hold traps by voter initiative. Oregon should follow suit.

What you can do to help erase this cruel industry from Oregon:

“Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.”

                                                                     -- Edward Abbey

How much does cruelty pay?

If your pet has been trapped...

Most Oregonians don’t know that trapping goes on in our state. Help us spread the news!

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   Video Shows The Actual Experience Of Animals Caught

                                      In Traps

This video made by Fur-Bearer Defenders of Vancouver, Canada and available on YouTube shows exactly what animals suffer in traps, and refutes the claims by trappers, the fur industry and state and federal wildlife agencies that trapping is humane. No one, after watching this video, can any longer believe the lies spoken by Oregon trappers and the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife about this indecent pastime.


Rafters’ dog killed by compound 1080 on

White River, Ut.

  Efforts to eliminate Compound 1080 and M44

An Interview With A  Maine Trapper:

Bill Randall discusses his experiences in over 40 years of trapping Maine’s wildlife: what he’s seen, what he’s done, and what he thinks about it.



Predator Defense

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State Trapping Report Card

Family dog killed by Conibear trap in residential area of Gresham, OR, 8/27/11.

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Horrifying trapping of Idaho wolf galvanizes wildlife advocates. Anti-trapping organization FootLoose Montana gets threatening email.


Other traps commonly used are neck snares and Conibear traps. These are designed to kill, the first by strangulation and the second by breaking the neck. Often they do this, but sometimes they don't. If the animal is the wrong size or the trap doesn't strike exactly so, the animal suffers terribly and the injuries are horrific. In the spring of 2008, tourists in Alaska’s Denali National Park saw two wolves with swollen and disfigured heads. Both had been living for months with snare wires deeply embedded in their necks. One died, the other was captured, freed of the wire and released, although with serious neck injuries. Click here for the story.

Recently the number of dogs and other pets caught in these traps has surged, as more people move into rural Oregon. Some dogs have been killed. To save your dog from a snare, you need to carry wire cutters. If your dog is in a Conibear trap, you'd better be fast and strong because the dog has little if any time and the traps are very difficult to open. And with both these traps, the animal is struggling. It's a desperate scene.




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Trappers’ Rules For Posting Trapping Images.

(an attempt to hide their cruelty from the web)

Sacramento Bee investigates the use of poison M44 by USDA Wildlife Services.