Trapping Issues in the West
Lisa Robertson, Co-founder of Wyoming Untrapped
Stephen Capra, Executive Director of Footloose Montana
Chris Smith, Southern Rockies Wildlife Advocate of WildEarth Guardians
Presented on November 12, 2020 at 1:00 – 2:30 PM Pacific with limited live Q&A afterwards. (2:00 – 3:30 PM Mountain, 3:00 – 4:30 Central, 4:00 – 5:30 PM Eastern)
Interest in trapping is dwindling nationwide, but still it’s estimated that fur trappers kill 3-5 million animals each year for their pelts. Millions more die in trapping programs run by state and federal agencies, homeowners, and private pest control companies. The death toll includes non-target animals – including some endangered species or pets – accidentally caught in these indiscriminate traps.
We’ll talk with the conservationists and advocates who have devoted their careers to getting traps off of our landscapes, especially on public lands and recreation areas where they pose a risk to humans, domestic animals, and wildlife alike.
In this panel discussion, you’ll learn who’s working to eliminate these risks across the American West – and you’ll learn how you can help.
Lisa Robertson, has been involved with land and wildlife conservation projects for more than 30 years. She pilots her small Cessna aircraft, from which she takes big-picture images of the landscape to document wild places, often those at risk. She has provided pro-bono aerial radio telemetry and monitoring for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wolf Recovery Project and for various non-profit organizations, agencies and individuals researching and documenting populations of wolves, grizzlies, cougars, coyotes, elk, and other species. She’s cofounder of Wyoming Untrapped.
Stephen Capra, career-long conservationist and anti-trapping campaigner, heads up the Missoula-based Footloose Montana, where he’s working to eliminate indiscriminate trapping from public lands where people and dogs recreate.
Chris Smith‘s role at WildEarth Guardians is to protect persecuted and imperiled native wildlife species in the desert southwest and the Southern Rockies. He works on trapping, endangered species, ending wildlife killing contests, and reforming the way wildlife is governed.