TrapFree Oregon

TFO is a non-profit organization dedicated to getting trapping and poisoning of our wildlife legally banned in Oregon by November 2014.



Current Trapping Laws in Oregon

As of 7/2012, current trapping laws are as follows:


Trappers are required to obtain a license from the ODFW. This furtakers license for adult Oregonians costs $47.00. A child's license is $17.00.


First time trappers are required to complete a short educational course and take a test before a license is issued.


Nuisance animals and predators can be trapped throughout the year.


Furbearer trapping season varies by species but generally is between late November and early March. This coincides with when the animals are most likely to have full winter coats and least likely to be caring for babies.


Certain species have restrictions on the maximum number of animals that can be trapped each year. The Eastern Bobcat has a limit of 5 animals per year per Bobcat Card. These cards are so ridiculously easy to get that many bobcat trappers get one for their wife, their parents, and each of their children- so the maximums are largely ignored.


Trappers must complete a form detailing their trapping activities and animals caught each year or they are denied trapping licenses the following year.


Trappers are free to set traps anywhere in the state with no setbacks from roads or most trails. Traps may be set on the banks of, or even in the water of, streams, rivers or lakes with the following exceptions:



Trappers must obtain permission to trap on private land.



No traps may be set in designated Wilderness Areas or in National Parks.



Each city has its own trapping regulations regarding the setting of traps within the city limits.



No traps may be set inside designated campgrounds or within 50 feet of official, maintained trails less than 50 inches wide (go ahead and figure that one out).


The official penalty for disturbing a trap, or releasing an animal from a trap is a fine of up to $6,250 and/or a jail sentence of up to 1 year...........Really, it is.


There is NO penalty for a trapper maiming or killing your dog, a bald eagle, a deer, or an endangered Canada Lynx.



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