Legislation is now pending in the New York State Legislature to allow the use of cable snares, also known as cable restraint devices, to trap coyotes in the northern hunting zone, which includes the Adirondacks. The New York State Conservation Council has been actively lobbying for the bill’s passage.
The Senate Environmental Conservation Committee has reported bill S2953-C, sponsored by Senator Robert Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda), and it is on the floor calendar. Assembly companion bill A9462-A, sponsored by Assemblyman William Magee (D-Nelson), is currently pending in the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee.
“Coyote populations are growing across the state causing increased predator damage to bird and animal populations,” a press announcement issued by the Conservation Council, a sportsmens group which advocates on behalf of trappers, hunters, and anglers. The Council said coyotes are “a nuisance species in both rural and populated areas where they are an increasing threat to small livestock and domestic pets.”
Cable snares are currently permitted in 36 states and on some federal lands. The bills do not cover Long Island, New York City, or Westchester County.
Photo: A Cable Restraint Caught Coyote in Missouri