Trapping Photos and Videos

Steel-jaw leg-hold traps and wire cable strangulation snares are notoriously indiscriminate in what they catch. Trap victims include a vast array of animals including dogs, cats, birds, beavers, raccoons, coyotes, badgers, mountain lions, as well as endangered species that occur in New Mexico such as the Mexican wolf and Canada lynx. Traps and snares are destructive and cruel and have no place on our public lands.

The images below are not easy to view but they are necessary reminders of what occurs on our public lands. New Mexico remains a century behind in regard to wildlife management. New Mexico’s politically-appointed game commissioners are not trained in wildlife science and not are competent to understand the effects of their heavy-handed management policies. The images below make it all too clear that traps and snares inflict massive injuries upon their many victims.

Cull of the Wild: The Truth Behind Trapping

A provocative exposé of the corrupt and inhumane trapping industry that kills between four and five million animals annually, perpetuated indiscriminately by the Wildlife Services arm of the US government.

Victims of Vanity: An Investigation into Fur Trapping in the United States

In early 2011 Born Free USA and Respect for Animals conducted a landmark investigation inside the world of fur trapping. We uncovered the shocking cruelty and brutality involved in the trapping of wild animals for the fur trade.

View the investigation findings at

nm ziaKnow Your NM State Legislators!

Your New Mexico state Senator and Representative have the power to ban traps, snares and poisons on public lands. Find out who they are and let them know you oppose trapping on public lands. A simple phone call and email can make all the difference.


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 »