2 men sue over Nevada trapping regulations

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Updated: 9/02 5:50 am

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Two men have sued Nevada wildlife commissioners, saying current trapping regulations are causing needless suffering for thousands of "non-target" animals including dogs, golden eagles and mountain lions.

Donald Molde of Reno and Mark Smith of Incline Village, in their lawsuit filed Thursday in Washoe County District Court, are seeking an injunction to halt the upcoming trapping season and force change.

Their complaint follows commissioners' 8-1 vote on Aug. 16 against shortening the amount of time fur trappers must check their traps or snares. Nevada trappers currently must do so every four days.

Molde and Smith say that means thousands of animals will needlessly suffer injury and death that could have been mitigated through earlier release from traps.

Commission Vice Chair Jeremy Drew didn't immediate respond to requests for comment Monday.


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