MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Demonstrators gathered at the Governor’s mansion Saturday afternoon to protest a decision by the DNR to allow the expansion of a certain type of trap to public walk-in-access hunting areas.
The conibear, or “body grip,” traps are used to catch bobcats and other wild animals.READ MORE: Missing: Ali Isse Last Seen In Fridley On July 25
But in 2012, 20 dogs in Minnesota were also caught and killed in the traps.READ MORE: Benton County Attorney Philip Miller Charged With Sexually Assaulting Child
Protesters believe governor Dayton can overrule the DNR and stop the use of this hunting gear.
“They’re going to allow trapping to be done by the land owner and anyone the land owner gives permission to trap these lands,” Kevin Ouslund, of Sportsmentakeaction.org, said. “If the governor comes out in our favor, the public’s favor and the hunter’s favor, we can keep our land safe for our dogs.”MORE NEWS: Motorcyclist Dies After Crash On Highway 52 In St. Paul
Trappers have argued that the body grip traps are more humane than leg hold traps, and that dog owners should train their dogs to stay away or keep them on a leash.