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

Click the buttons below or scroll down for information on popular areas that are WY TRAP FREE-mont County Proposed Trap-Free Areas, but are currently open to trapping. 

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.

Link to Wyoming Untrapped information on how to release your dog from traps you may encounter.

Link to Christi Chapman’s blog, Trapped in Wyoming – A Tale of Death

Information on various traps, including snares, leg hold, Conibear and power snares, as well as trap release procedures.

Link to Wyoming Untrapped information on Trapping Incidents Statewide.

Ocean Lake Wildlife Habitat Management Area

WYOMING GAME AND FISH LINK TO PDF MAP OF OCEAN LAKE AREA

https://wgfapps.wyo.gov/accessto/GeoPDF/WHMA/Ocean_Lake_GeoPDF.pdf

Caution 

Trapping is Currently Allowed in this Area

Trapping in the Ocean Lake area has increased to the point of endangering the safety of all other recreational users. The legal tapping season, and year round predator trapping, overlap both the advertised outdoor recreation season, and WG&F hunting seasons.  The potential dangers created by the presence of snares, Conibear and leg hold traps, are expanding the view that Ocean Lake is unsafe for fisherman, hunters, and a large variety of non-consumptive users. The area, which is meant for the enjoyment of all, is becoming, one incident at a time, a protected, exclusive domain for trapping.

 

Red Canyon Trail System and Wildlife Habitat Management Area

WYOMING GAME AND FISH LINK TO PDF MAP OF RED CANYON AREA

https://wgfapps.wyo.gov/accessto/GeoPDF/WHMA/Red_Canyon_GeoPDF.pdf

Caution 

Trapping is Currently Allowed in this Area

Sand Mesa Habitat Management Area

WYOMING GAME AND FISH LINK TO PDF MAP OF SAND MESA AREA

https://wgfapps.wyo.gov/accessto/GeoPDF/WHMA/Sand_Mesa_GeoPDF.pdf

Caution 

Trapping is Currently Allowed in this Area

Sand Mesa offers year round recreation for anglers, hunters and non-consumptive users, including bird watchers, photographers, cyclist and hikers. Visitors are charmed by the area’s wide and textured vistas, beautiful lakes and abundant wildlife. Picnic area’s host family outings and camping is available for those seeking a longer stay. Sand Mesa is also a heavily trapped
area. Please keep your dogs and children close, watch for traps, and be prepared for trapping incidents.

 
 

Johnny Behind the Rocks

WYOMING’S WIND RIVER COUNTRY LINK:

https://windriver.org/trail-running-in-lander/

Caution 

Trapping is Currently Allowed in this Area

 

Sinks Canyon State Park

SINKS CANYON STATE PARK LINK:

https://www.sinkscanyonstatepark.org/

WYOMING’S WIND RIVER COUNTRY LINK:

https://windriver.org/trail-running-in-lander/

Caution 

Trapping is Currently Allowed in this Area

 

Middle Fork Trail System to

Popo Agie Falls

Caution 

Trapping is Currently Allowed in this Area

The Bus Loop Hiking and Biking Trails

WYOMING’S WIND RIVER COUNTRY LINK:

https://windriver.org/trail-running-in-lander/

Caution 

Trapping is Currently Allowed in this Area

 
 

Beaver Creek Nordic Ski Area and Hiking/Biking Trails

Please note: Dogs are not allowed at Beaver Creek Nordic Ski Area during the ski season when there is snow on the ground. Furbearing Animal trapping season begins for many species on October 1st and ends as late as April 30th. Please use caution year round for children and during the off season months for dogs.

Caution 

Trapping is Currently Allowed in this Area

Wild Iris Climbing Area

Caution 

Trapping is Currently Allowed in this Area

 
 

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