‘Sharing the Trails’ event aims to demystify trapping

Trapping season in the Juneau area opened Nov. 1 and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game would like to make sure that dog walkers, recreational users and trappers have an enjoyable winter. Hence, the department has organized an event titled “Sharing Juneau’s Trails” which will happen from 7-9 p.m. Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School library.

Dog owners and other recreational users interested in learning more about where trapping is allowed and not allowed, and how traps operate and what to do if they are encountered, are invited to the evening presentation.

“Co-existence between trappers and other trail users is indeed possible, and we have a lot of information to provide so trapping is not such an unknown,” said state wildlife biologist Stephanie Sell.

Most trapping activity is restricted around popular Juneau area trails, and it is unlikely that hikers or dog walkers will encounter traps.

The evening will include a look at various traps, areas around Juneau that are closed to trapping, areas where someone might encounter traps, how to recognize trapping activity, and an opportunity for trappers and other trail users to meet.

The trapping season for most furbearers in Southeast runs through Feb. 15.

For more information on “Sharing the Trails” call 465-4256.

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