Inexperienced trappers will likely trap pets and other non-target animals.
Backlash will ensue
I think people should be prepared for many non-target animals to be taken with snares and traps including pets. It takes years and years for government employees to learn how to properly trap and snare wolves without taking non-target species and there have been incidents where pet dogs have been trapped even by experienced trappers.
Snares are another story altogether. Stories of pet dogs being snared around the neck are heart-wrenching and death ensues quickly. Oftentimes the owners don’t realize what is happening and are unable to release their dogs from these killing devices.
This being said, I think there will be an increase interest in wolf trapping by inexperienced trappers who will trap on or near heavily used trails and roads. I’m sure that you can imagine the bad press that will ensue if this does happen. This is a very misguided decision and it will possibly result in a strong backlash even from those who aren’t paying attention to the wolf debate.
It remains to be seen whether these activities will be allowed only in certain areas or over the entire state. Nonetheless, I predict that we will see pets taken by traps and snares.
Commissioners adopted rules that would allow the use of electronic calls for bears, mountain lions and wolves, and traps and snares for taking wolves in areas and with bag limits and seasons to be specified by the commission. The commission will set wolf seasons and limits during the August meeting in Idaho Falls.
They also adopted depredation hunts on black bears and wolves, and a provision that would allow hunters to take wolves incidental to hunting over bear bait, and extended the mandatory check-in for wolf hunts to 72 hours to report a kill and 10 days to check the skull and hide with Fish and Game.
F&G Commission Changes Game Rules
IDFG News Release
Update: The IDFG Commission also adopted a rule to “Prohibit use of telemetry or other electronic tracking to hunt game, except for use with hunting hounds or other sporting dogs.”
I wrote about this earlier in the year here:
Is it legal to hunt Idaho wildlife by honing in on radio collars?