General Assembly
Raised Bill No. 994  
January Session, 2009
LCO No. 3844
Referred to Committee on Environment     
Introduced by:    

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly
Section 1. Section 26-72 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is
substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2009):
The commissioner may, after notice and public hearing conducted in the manner
prescribed by section 26-67, issue regulations governing and prescribing the taking
of all species of fur-bearing animals by use of traps within the state. Such regulations
may (1) establish the open and closed seasons, (2) establish the legal hours, (3)
prescribe the legal methods that may be used, including size, type and kind of traps
and the type and kind of bait and lures, (4) designate the places where traps may be
placed and set and the conditions under which the placing and setting of traps will be
legal, (5) establish the daily bag limit and the season bag limit, (6) assess a
reasonable fee, or develop a comparable equitable plan, for season trapping rights
on state-owned property. Assignment of such rights for specific areas may be
determined by drawing or by the order in which requests therefor are recorded as
received in the office of the commissioner when there is a set fee for such areas, or
the method of high bid may be used. No person shall set, place or attend any trap
upon the land of another without having in his possession the written permission of
the owner or lessee of such land, or his agent, and no person shall set, place or
attend any trap not having the name of the person using such trap legibly stamped
thereon or attached thereto; (enforcement/penalties?) This seems covered below as
an illegal set that would make the traps able to be confiscated and the owner fined or
provided the owner or legal occupant of such land or such person as he designates
may set, place or attend any legal steel trap in any place within a radius of one
hundred feet of any permanent building located on such land.(contradicted by below
ban on such traps, one area of this bill needs to be corrected or the other as they
are  contradictory)
No person who sets, places or attends any trap shall permit more than twenty-four
hours to elapse between visits to such trap; provided, if such twenty-four-hour period
expires before sunset, the person who set such trap shall have until sunset to visit
the same. (might want to add that all non target animals be released within the
allotted 24 hour period, and all target species be released or euthanized by CT
determined humane standards within the allotted 24 hour period as well)
No person shall place, set or attend any body-crushing trap, leghold trap, snare, net
or similar device capable of taking, killing or injuring any animal.(contradicts above as
noted) (nets are still in the bill..not new, but still in, the so mist nets etc are illegal by
this part of the bill, then excluded later)
For purposes of this section, "body-crushing trap" means a device designed to kill an
animal with a blow or crushing force to the body and includes, but is not limited to,
conibear-style traps and "leghold trap" means a device designed to close on the foot
or leg of an animal with sufficient force to hold the animal until the person tending the
trap returns.
( glue boards should be included here as they are used for birds, squirrels, snakes
and bats as well, but regardless are defined here)
A leghold trap includes, but is not limited to, a steel jawed leghold style trap that is
either padded or unpadded. For purposes of this section, cage and box traps, nets,
suitcase-type beaver traps and common rat and mouse traps (should read "neck
snap traps" as "common" is rather ambiguous and open to inclusion of all sorts of
traps such as glue boards )
shall not be considered body-crushing traps, leghold traps or snares.
The pelt of any fur-bearing animal legally taken may be possessed, sold or
transported at any time. Upon demand of any officer having authority to serve
criminal process or any representative of the Department of Environmental
Protection, any person in possession of any such pelt shall furnish to such officer or
such representative satisfactory evidence that such pelt was legally taken or
acquired. No provision hereof shall be construed as prohibiting any landowner or
lessee of land used for agricultural purposes or any citizen of the United States, or
any person having on file in the court having jurisdiction thereof a written declaration
of his intention to become a citizen of the United States, who is regularly employed by
such landowner or lessee, from pursuing, trapping and killing at any time any
fur-bearing animal, except deer, which is injuring any property, or the owner of any
farm or enclosure used for breeding or raising any legally acquired fur-bearing
animal who has a game breeder's license issued by the commissioner or a fur
breeder's license issued by the Livestock Division of the Department of Agriculture,
from taking or killing any such animal legally in his possession at any time or having
in possession any pelt thereof.
No person shall molest, injure or disturb any muskrat house or den at any time.
Side note:(No one knows this and it should be made public I think)
Any fur-bearing animal legally taken alive may be possessed by the person taking
the same, provided he shall notify the commissioner in a writing signed by him stating
the species and sex of such animal, the date and the name of the town where such
animal was taken and the specific address where such animal will be kept. WHAT???
So a NWCO , homeowner, etc..could trap coons etc..and keep them for any reason ?
Rehbabbers need licenses for this and rvs specifically and reporting regs!!! This
says any fur bearing animal.....coyote, fox, fisher, coon, possum, mink, wood chuck,
beaver, muskrat, bat, etc...
Any representative of the department may          (WHAT???)
at any time inspect such animal and the enclosure or other facilities used to hold
such animal and make inquiry concerning the diet and other care such animal should
have and if, in the opinion of the commissioner or such representative, such animal is
not being provided adequate or proper facilities or care, such animal may be seized
by such representative of the department and be disposed of as determined by the
commissioner. Fur-bearing animals taken alive, as herein provided, shall not be sold
or exchanged, provided the person who legally possesses such animal may apply to
the commissioner for a game breeder's license or to the Livestock Division of the
Department of Agriculture for a fur breeder's license and when so licensed he may
breed such animal and the progeny thereof, and such issue when three generations
removed from the wild may be sold or exchanged alive or dead.
Any trap illegally set and any body-crushing trap, leghold trap, snare, net or similar
device found placed or set in violation of the provisions of this section shall be seized
by any representative of the department and, if not claimed within twenty-four hours,
the commissioner may order such trap, snare, net or other device destroyed, sold or
retained for use by the commissioner. (so why the battle to get homeowners to
release animals in traps and or confiscate the traps...says right here they are able to
be taken and help if illegally set and that means as easy as no name on them..) (Just
Any person who violates any provision of this section or any regulation issued by the
commissioner shall be fined not more than two hundred dollars or be imprisoned not
more than sixty days or both.
Whenever any person is convicted, or forfeits any bond, or has his case nolled upon
the payment of any sum of money, or receives a suspended sentence or judgment
for a violation of any of the provisions of this section or any regulation issued
hereunder by the commissioner,
all traps used, set or placed in violation of any such provisions or any such regulation
may, by order of the trial court, be forfeited to the state and may be retained for use
by the department or may be sold or destroyed at the discretion of the commissioner.
The proceeds from any such sale shall be paid to the State Treasurer and by him
credited to the General Fund.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:
Section 1 July 1, 2009 26-72

Statement of Purpose:
To prevent needless animal suffering.
[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by
underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill
or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]
Great Horned Owl called 'Hope'
- A truly horrendous Act.

Leg Traps - a barbaric act supported by Connecticut State.
Hi Colin

This is the actual bill.  The underlined parts are what we are trying to add to the bill
(What is being voted on) and the red font are some concerns added by another
Rehabilitator.  So it is the underlined parts we have been focusing on.  I thought maybe
you should have a look to better understand the technical element to all of this.


Todd has informed me of your interest in the Great Horned Owl story...
Unfortunately, the senate vote has already taken place and is in the "house"
as we speak... Decisions are being made and we are hopeful that after 30
years of trying to see this bill passed, the fact that it made it to the "house" is
a positive sign of the inevitable changes needed!  It may actually happen!!!!  
HSUS (Humane Society United States) has a lot of information in regards to
the bill itself and the process we have all undertaken.  Attached you will find a
photo of the owl along with the written testimony we submitted during the
hearing in Hartford.  The Environmental Committee actually voted 22 to 8 and
that is how it finally made it out to the "house".  We will have an answer by the
end this month.  Should the bill get passed, we will be having a celebration in
honor of this incredible bird... her suffering will have at least been for such a
significant purpose.  She is one of many unfortunate beings who have found
themselves tangled up in such an insensitive, meaningless man made
device.  She is symbolic for so many non-targeted creatures.  Not that
targeted animals deserve the fate of these torture devices either!!  In any
case, post what you think will gain attention and support.  It is not too late to
call local Senators, Legislators, Representatives and voice your support!  Go
to    and type in #994 for the bill to view its progress, and the
bill itself if you are interested.   

Thanks for the donation, it was very generous of you.  We truly appreciate it,
as do the birds.  We will look forward to seeing you again soon.  In the
meantime, be well.  If you have any other questions regarding Bill 994, just let
me know.  

Christine Cummings
(203) 804-3453
A Place Called Hope, Inc.
Copyright: Christine Cummings-Secki and Todd Secki - A Place Called Hope Wildlife Rehabilitation
and Education Center:
The leg trap
'Hope' was a wonderful Great Horned Owl that was found in a terrible leg
amputated and unfrtunatly became infected and eveltauly after a galant
fight, sucomed and died.