Currently, trappers are required to check the various traps after specified lengths of time. Leg-hold traps demand an inspection by the trapper every 72 hours. But for snares and conibears, sometimes it can be 13 days before a trapper is mandated to return to the trap. If the animal isn't quickly killed, this will prove agonizing.
WU would like a 72-hour requirement for all traps in Wyoming.
Robertson says that until she launched Wyoming Untrapped, there was no other local, nonprofit, welfare-minded group focusing on trapping in the state. So far, she says, she's heartened by the public's response.
Jamie Hazleton, for one, says she commends WU's efforts - and that laws in her state need to be reformed.
"My niece and nephew witnessed the horrific death of two of their three dogs and will carry the emotional devastation of that loss for the rest of their lives," she said. "No animal should have to suffer like that and no person should be forced to helplessly witness it."