Manitoba bans trapping in popular provincial parks

The Manitoba government has banned trapping in all heavily-used provincial parks.
Rob Shura's dog, Pippin, was killed when it was caught in a trap recently at Manitoba's Grand Beach Provincial Park.

The Manitoba government has banned trapping in all heavily-used provincial parks.

Trapping is also banned within 50 metres of developed areas and designated trails.

The ban comes after two incidents where dogs were killed in traps in parks.

The first dog was killed in late November at Grand Beach Provincial Park when it wandered a short distance off a main trail.

Manitoba conservation confirmed Thursday a second dog was recently killed, but would not give any other details.

The full trapping ban will remain in place until a provincial review is complete.

The province said in a news release that an ongoing investigation into both incidents will determine whether fines, charges or other measures need to be taken.

The full trapping ban is in place for:

Central region

Grand Beach, Beaver Creek, Camp Morton, Hnasau Beach, Lake St. Andrew, Lake St. George, Lundar, Netley Creek, Norris Lake, Patricia Beach, Portage Spillway, Stephenfield, Watchorn, Winnipeg Beach, Yellow Quill, Duff Roblin, Lockport, Memorial, River Road, St. Norbert and Trappist Monastery provincial parks.

West region

Asessippi, Grand Valley, Manipogo, Margret Bruce, North Steeprock Lake, Oak Point, Overflowing River, Primrose, Rainbow Beach, Seton, Springwater, Swan River, Whitefish Lake, William Lake and Criddle Vane provincial parks.

East region

Birch Point, Marchand, Moose Lake, Pinawa, Old Pinawa, Poplar Bay, St. Malo, Wallace Lake, and Woodridge provincial parks.

Northwest region

Bakers Narrows, Neso Lake, Twin Lakes and Wekusko Falls provincial parks.

Northeast region

Burge Lake and Zed Lake provincial parks.

Signage is being posted in those parks and natural resource officers have begun working with the Manitoba Trappers Association to notify registered trappers to remove traps.

Before the new measures announced today, trapping was already fully prohibited within Beaudry, Pembina Valley and Birds Hill provincial parks.