Comments needed on wildlife traps; Catlink moving; microchip clinic reminder

Comments on wildlife traps needed now!

Predator Defense sent out an email recently asking people to comment on changes to state rules regarding wildlife traps and snares. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will discuss this issue Friday, April 20.

Here’s what Predator Defense said:

“Predator Defense and several other advocacy organizations are asking the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to require that all types of body gripping traps and snares be checked at a minimum of every 24 hours. Currently Oregon trap check times go from 48 hours to 30 days, depending on the targeted victim/species and type of trap.

“Our petition also asks, to ensure public safety on public lands, that warning signs be posted within 5 feet of trap sets, and that traps be set no closer than 100 feet off public trails and other publicly frequented areas.

“Please immediately contact Governor John Kitzhaber and email the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to support and agree to the 24 hour trap check petition submitted to the Commission by Predator Defense and other organizations. This issue will be brought up at the Friday 4/20 Commission meeting in Salem, so please get your emails and calls in now. 

“Need an incentive??? Check out our video footage of a bobcat we set free from an illegally set strangling snare at: http://www.predatordefense.org/features/snares_bobcat.htm.” [Or see the previous Animals of the Gorge post.]

Contact info:

Governor John Kitzhaber:

http://governor.oregon.gov/Gov/contact.shtml

503-378-4582

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission:

odfw.commission@state.or.us

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Catlink moving

Catlink in The Dalles has announced that next month it is moving  its spay and neuter clinic for homeless cats to Lyle, Washington. They also noted that there is no longer a cat shelter at The Dalles facility.

The new clinic  will be in the Lyle Activity Center at the corner of Third and Klickitat streets. The building is a former school, and Catlink will occupy one of the classrooms. No cats will be sheltered at the new clinic.

“The classroom is a wonderful space with large windows across one wall, skylights, a built-in desk and cabinet . . . and two walls have a built-in counter with cabinets and a sink in the back of the room,” said a volunteer.

If you’re available to help with the move, contact Catlink.

Also, kitten season has started and both Catlink and Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue could use more foster homes. Contact them if you can help. “We know they will really be pouring in soon and we run out of foster homes quickly,” said the Catlink volunteer.

And if you want to get the word out about Catlink’s Trap-Neuter-Return program, print and post these flyers in your community — or distribute them online:

TNR Flyer

Are You Feeding Stray or Feral Cats?

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Don’t forget microchip clinic

Hood River Adopt-A-Dog is sponsoring a low-cost microchip clinic for dogs and cats Saturday, April 28, at the new fire hall in Cascade Locks from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is a fundraiser for the organization.

Chip Clinic Flyer 2012

The cost is $16 per chip, which includes registration. A one-year rabies shot is also available for $15. Dogs must be on a leash; cats must be in carriers.

This is the first time Adopt-a-Dog has offered the clinic in Cascade Locks. Dogs and cats from the Washington side and the surrounding area are welcome.

You can also enjoy the Fireman’s Breakfast and Community Garage sale that day. See the  Chip Clinic Flyer for details.

The Cascade Locks fire hall is located at 25 SW WaNaPa.

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© Tracie Hornung and Animals of the Gorge, 2012

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