Trapping FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of people who recreate on public lands do so to hike, camp, observe wildlife, take photographs, and enjoy natural values. Those objectives are frustrated by the presence of hidden, baited steel jaw traps, steel cable strangulation snares, and poisons. Because of their indiscriminate nature, traps pose a serious, ongoing threat to public lands users and their companion animals. Traps kill wildlife indiscriminately. Endangered species such as Mexican wolves, wolverines, and lynx are caught and killed by traps, harming both individual animals and entire wildlife populations. More »

Trapping Overview

Traps are inherently indiscriminate, capturing those not intended for the trap, including endangered animals, pets and people, and can leave permanent physical damage to anything that gets caught. More »

Trap Victim Stories

New Mexico citizens tell their stories of encountering traps on public lands. More »

“My dog was caught in a trap and it was a horrible experience. Knowing traps can be lurking out there has taken away some of the peace I once enjoyed while hiking on public lands. Because of trap danger, I feel like I can’t hike in some places now.”

—Mary Katherine Ray

Audio Interviews with Trap Victims

New Mexico citizens relate their stories of encountering traps on public lands. More »

Danger to People and Companion Animals

Hidden, baited traps on public lands are a hazard to public lands users and their companion animals. More »

Destruction of Protected and Endangered Species

Many species are caught, maimed, and killed by traps including the endangered Mexican wolf. More »

Animal Cruelty

Traps inflict catastrophic injuries on victims inflicting extreme pain, stress and death. More »

Public Opinion

Statewide polling shows strong, 2-to-1 support for banning traps on public lands. More »

New Mexico’s Outdated Trapping Regulations and “Furbearers”

In New Mexico, trappers can place and unlimited number of traps on public lands year-round. There are no “bag limits” on the number of animals that can be killed. More »

People's Forum Panel Report on Public Lands Trapping

The New Mexico Legislature should ban trapping on public lands in New Mexico because traps harm people, animal companions, and whole populations of wildlife including rare species. Most New Mexican voters believe that trapping is cruel and unnecessary.

Read the Report »