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Conservationists Sue Nevada Wildlife Commissioners Over Trapping Regulations

Two men have sued Nevada wildlife commissioners, saying current trapping regulations are causing needless suffering for thousands of "non-target" animals including dogs, golden eagles and mountain lions. Donald Molde of Reno and Mark Smith of Incline Village, in their lawsuit filed Thursday in Washoe County District Court, are seeking an injunction to halt the upcoming trapping season and force change.

Their complaint follows commissioners' Aug. 16 vote against shortening the amount of time fur trappers must check their traps. They currently must do so every 96 hours in most of Nevada. Molde and Smith say that means thousands of non-target animals will needlessly suffer injury and death that could have been mitigated through earlier release from traps. Commission Vice Chair Jeremy Drew didn't immediately respond to requests for comment Monday.
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