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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2671        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2001


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Anne M. Gobi and George N. Peterson, Jr.


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act valuing our natural resources.






Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Richard J. Ross

Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex

David M. Torrisi

14th Essex

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Stephen M. Brewer

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin

Stephen Kulik

1st Franklin

Gailanne M. Cariddi

1st Berkshire

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2671        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2001

By Representatives Ms. Gobi of Spencer and Mr. Peterson, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2001) of McMurtry and others relative to trapping for the purpose of capturing furbearing mammals Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act valuing our natural resources.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              Section 1. Chapter 131 of the Massachusetts General Laws is hereby amended by striking the first and second paragraphs of Section 80A in their entirety and inserting in place thereof the following:


              Section 80A. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, a person shall not use, set, place or maintain any trap for the purpose of capturing furbearing mammals, except for common type mouse and rat traps, nets, and box or cage type traps, as otherwise permitted by law. A box or cage type trap is one that confines the whole animal without grasping any part of the animal, including Hancock or Bailey’s type live trap for beavers. Other than nets and common type mouse or rat traps, traps designed to capture and hold a furbearing mammal by gripping the mammal’s body, or body part are prohibited, including steel jaw leghold traps, padded leghold traps, and snares.

              The above provision shall not apply to the use of prohibited devices by federal and state departments of health, wildlife management agencies or divisions or municipal boards of health for the purpose of protection from threats to human health and safety or for the management of furbearing wildlife during their established regulated seasons.  The uses of prohibited devices are subject to the regulations and restrictions promulgated by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife. A threat to human health and safety may include, but shall not be limited to:

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