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Other Activities => Trapping => Topic started by: Humptulips on April 26, 2019, 09:15:16 PM

Title: Special trapping permits and dam removal
Post by: Humptulips on April 26, 2019, 09:15:16 PM
Spoke to a trapper today about this.
It would be best if you did not mention any dam removal. Specifically any mention in the justification section.

The Department will not issue a permit unless two standards are met.
1. There must be damage of some sort.
2. Alternative actions have been tried unsuccessfully.

Recently WDFW has been getting a lot of FOIA requests for Special Trapping permits. The animal rights groups are looking at all your permits. They are looking for any reason to cause problems, mostly with the Department.
This brings us back to beaver dams. It is illegal to remove a beaver dam without a Hydraulic Permit. I know nobody gets them but mentioning it is asking for further scrutiny by animal rights groups and they are looking for anything to throw a monkey wrench into trapping.
The WCO I spoke with today had a permit refused specifically because he mentioned dam removal as part of the justification. Nothing happened to him except he was warned.
Best to be aware any mention of dam removal will be frowned upon.
Title: Re: Special trapping permits and dam removal
Post by: Machias on April 27, 2019, 08:36:37 PM
 :tup: :tup: :bash: :bash:
Title: Re: Special trapping permits and dam removal
Post by: Naches Sportsman on April 27, 2019, 08:46:17 PM
I guess common sense to keep your mouth shut about this topic isn't common these days :bash:

Can't the hippie fish kissing animal loving tree huggers see this post anyway?
Title: Re: Special trapping permits and dam removal
Post by: Pegasus on April 27, 2019, 09:19:45 PM
I had some adults dam up a creek section below my property years ago. I didn't think too much of it until it was causing my property to flood. I contacted the state and the state examined the dam but claimed I had waited too long for them to remove it. One night I decided to remove the dam myself and went down with a shovel and crowbar. I about died when the dam broke loose. The surge of water evidently triggered the monitors further on down the stream and the next morning a satellite truck appeared trying to figure out what had happened. Unfortunately the creek had already been silted so much and so the cattail vegetation plugged it back up within a few months and the property was destroyed. In hindsight I know those adults intentionally damaged the property to create a wetland and they succeeded and I don't believe they were working alone.