Washington Trapping Ban Continues to Impact Landowners
April 30, 2009
A number of states have banned trapping over the past two decades, and in virtually every instance, the loss of trapping has resulted in vast increases in problems with overpopulations of furbearers.
One such instance is taking place in the state of Washington, where trapping was banned in the year 2000. Two brothers on the Wilson Banner Ranch, a fruit orchard in Alpowa Creek, WA, are among many landowners who wish the law never was passed.
A combination of a large Snake River Dam and the 2000 trapping ban appear to have resulted in more beavers moving onto the orchard and destroying the valuable fruit trees the brothers rely on for their livelihood.
With the abolishment of sport trapping, they can’t find an affordable way to get rid of the beavers and protect their trees.