But many Vermonters, especially those who enjoy watching local wildlife, are concerned about the presence of trapping at all.
"When people learn that Vermont still allows the use of such antiquated and agony-inducing traps, such as legholds, they are eager to learn how they can help stop it," Holly Tippett, secretary of POW, said. "Every year, dogs and cats, endangered and other protected species ... are caught in traps set for other animals."
Trappers represent just three out of every 2,000 Vermonters; 75 percent of people living in Vermont think that painful trapping should be banned entirely, because of concerns about cruelty.
"The department and the board do a great injustice to the residents of the state as well as future generations, when they manage most wildlife in terms of sustainable 'harvest' levels, rather than for the abundant populations that contribute to dynamic, vigorous and resilient ecosystems, and which may be enjoyed by all residents of the state," Mollie Matteson, senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity, said.
In 2007, Vermont trappers successfully petitioned to expand the beaver trapping season. But because many of the traps set for beavers also incidentally trap otters, now trappers want the season expanded for otters as well. Otters trapped accidentally outside of the season have to be turned in to the VFW.