In 2017, Born Free USA released a report on trapping laws in the U.S. While states like California and Hawaii have strict laws in place, other states like Wyoming, Iowa and Alaska — where coyote trapping is very common — have little to no restrictions on trapping animals.
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For instance, in Alaska and Wyoming, trappers do not need to even to check their traps every 24 hours, which means that coyotes and other animals could suffer in the traps for days, slowly dying from things like exposure, shock, injury or blood loss. In states where trappers are required to check every 24 hours, the law isn’t always enforced — and sometimes animals can suffer for days.
But it’s not just coyotes who get caught in the traps — household pets and endangered animals get caught too — and many states don’t require trappers to report when they catch non-target animals.
“Since traps are non-selective, threatened or endangered species — and even people’s pets — are commonly caught and killed,” PJ Smith, senior manager of fashion policy for The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), told The Dodo.