April 08, 2020

Trapping has its place

I read your Oct. 13 Page One article on the animal rights group which intends to try to stop most all trapping in Maine. Whatever happened to common sense?

Here we have a radical group [the California-based Animal Protection Institute], which has only 250 members in Maine, trying to impose their views on the rest of the population. It seems ludicrous that these people can tie up our courts with ridiculous claims like this.

These people don’t have the foggiest idea of how many lynx there are in Maine or how trapping affects their population growth. They were successful with their program to ban snaring of coyotes and now look what we have, an exploding coyote population.

This past spring I found three deer carcasses that had been ripped to shreds by coyotes. One was done the previous night, and what a tragic scene it was. My neighbor watched a doe and her two fawns come out below his pond each day. One day she had only one. He found the missing fawn torn and scattered about.

I ask our animal rights people, who’s protecting that little fawn’s rights? We need to use some common sense in our courts and not cater to this very small minority.

Russell A. Swanson


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