Trapping is under attack by animal rights groups in Maine despite troubling furbearer overpopulation problems. The rising beaver population and the increased costs of road repairs and other damage related to beavers have even caused the Maine legislature to try to help solve the problem by allowing the shooting of beavers.
“Without trapping, we don’t have a tool to manage those populations,” says John DePue, Maine’s furbearer biologist.
Hopefully this needless lawsuit gets thrown out quickly. It is scheduled for court on April 13.
For an interesting and extremely detailed look at the case, read the Maine Trappers Association’s February report in our Association News section of our Web site.