Wyoming Game and Fish regulations allow trapping on most PUBLIC LANDS. They do not require warning signs at trailheads or near traps. WY TRAP FREE-mont County is proposing a list of popular recreation areas to the Wyoming Game and Fish that should be made "TRAP FREE".
WY TRAP FREE-mont County is proposing trap-free areas for heavily used public recreation areas in Fremont County.
The Lander Front, Gateway to the Wind River Range, a brochure distributed throughout the country, describes the Lander Front in this way:
“Natural, cultural, historical, and recreational resources await you in the greater Lander Front. This region is loved by residents and visitors alike for its sweeping vistas and public lands at the gateway to the Wind River Range. This landscape has something for everyone, diverse wildlife, scenic drives, ghost towns and four seasons of outdoor recreation on public lands ranging from alpine to desert, with some of the best fishing and hunting in the West. The intent of this map is to highlight these irreplaceable resources and recreational opportunities; opportunities that sustain a healthy economy and make it a coveted place to live, visit and play.”
WY TRAP FREE-mont County proposes that all trail systems mapped in The Lander Front, Gateway to the Wind River Range, be designated as trap-free, including an agreed upon amount of acreage that would buffer these trail systems, this buffer would create a safe zone on and around trails for humans, pack animals and dogs. As a precedent for this proposal, we reviewed actions taken by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in collaboration with the Lolo National Forrest, trappers and recreational users to create trap-free areas in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, Pate Canyon and Blue Mountain. Their efforts include surrounding parking lots, boat ramps, recreation facilities, camp grounds and picnic areas.
Trap-free trail systems and surrounding buffers would include the following:
Sinks Canyon trail system including the Pete’s Lake Trail, Brewers Trail, Stock Bypass Trail, and the Middle Fork Trail to Popo Agie Falls.
Bus Loop Trail System
Johnny Behind the Rocks Trail System
Wild Iris Climbing Area
Beaver Creek Nordic Ski Area and Hiking Trails
Red Canyon, including USFS, BLM and WG&F Wildlife Management Area
WY TRAP FREE-mont County also proposes designating the following Wyoming Game and Fish Wildlife Management Areas as trap free:
Ocean Lake Wildlife Habitat Management Area
Sand Mesa Wildlife Habitat Management Area
Know Before You Go
Important information that applies to all areas that are open to trapping:
Travelers with dogs are cautioned to be prepared. Please carry cable cutters to free your dog from Power Snares (spring triggered) and other Snare Traps. Have the knowledge to release your dog from all leg hold traps. Carry strapping or rope for Conibear trap release. Please note, Power Snares and Conibear traps are especially lethal, understand the danger.
Information on various traps, including snares, leg hold, Conibear and power snares, as well as trap release procedures.