MN Sen. Wiger's Good Bill to Protect Dogs from Body-Gripping Traps

posted Apr 6, 2012, 1:43 PM by Scott Slocum   [ updated Mar 2, 2019, 10:18 AM ]
2013-2014 Biennium

Minnesota Senators Charles Wiger (DFL-Maplewood), Alice M. Johnson (DFL-Spring Lake Park), and Dan Sparks (DFL-Austin). have re-introduced last year's body-gripping trapping bill to protect dogs from unnecessarily death in body-gripping traps that are set for wildlife.

The 2013 bill is identified as SF 452: Body-gripping traps restrictions modifications. The word "modifications" refers to the repeal of the non-functional legislation that was put in its place last year.

MN Senator Charles (Chuck) Wiger  MN Senator Alice M. Johnson  MN Senator Dan Sparks
From left to right, Minnesota Senators and co-authors Charles Wiger, Alice M. Johnson, and Dan Sparks.

See also: Ward's Good Bill.

2011-2012 Biennium

Senator Charles Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) introduced popular, high-quality legislation (SF 1736) to protect dogs from trapping while continuing to allow safe and effective methods of trapping.

Although it was (and will continue to be) requested by thousands of signers of the Safe Public Lands and other petitions, this legislation was silenced by the Senate Committee on Environment & Natural Resources, and replaced with non-functional body-gripping trapping regulations nominally authored by Senator John Carlson in the new Game & Fish Bill (SF 1943, now identified as HF 2171).

Wiger's co-authors were Senator Dan Sparks (DFL-Austin) and Senator Mary Jo McGuire (DFL-Falcon Heights). 

The Senate Game & Fish Bill came to the Senate floor on 4/23/2012 as HF 2171 (following an unexpected postponement the week before due to its unpopular deletion of the Conservation Fishing License). Finally, the popular, high-quality legislation would have a hearing. Senator Wiger proposed SF 1736 as an amendment to replace Senator Carlson's non-functional legislation in the Game & Fish bill. Unfortunately, many Senators went along with Senators Carlson and Ingebrigtsen in voting against the amendment. You can view the debate below or on YouTube, and read the video annotations in the document that's attached to this web page or on the description of the video on YouTube:


MN Senator Wiger's popular trapping regulations, long silenced, are finally heard.

4/23/2012: Senator Wiger offers his popular, high-quality legislation as an amendment to the Game & Fish Bill. Unfortunately, it failed on a partisan vote.

Voting on MN Sen. Chuck Wiger's body-gripping trapping amendment to the Game & Fish Bill, 4/23/2012.
Minnesota Senate, Saint Paul, MN, USA.
The amendment did not pass on a vote of 41 no, 25 yes.

vote firstName lastName district party home
No LeRoy A. Stumpf 1 D Plummer
No Rod Skoe 2 D Clearbrook
No Tom Saxhaug 3 D Grand Rapids
No John Carlson 4 R Bemidji
No David J. Tomassoni 5 D Chisholm
No Thomas M. Bakk 6 D Cook
Yes Roger J. Reinert 7 D Duluth
No Tony Lourey 8 D Kerrick
No Keith Langseth 9 D Glyndon
No Gretchen M. Hoffman 10 R Vergas
No Bill Ingebrigtsen 11 R Alexandria
No Paul E. Gazelka 12 R Nisswa
No Joe Gimse 13 R Willmar
No Michelle L. Fischbach 14 R Paynesville
No John C. Pederson 15 R Saint Cloud
No David M. Brown 16 R Becker
Yes Sean R. Nienow 17 R Cambridge
No Scott J. Newman 18 R Hutchinson
No Amy T. Koch 19 R Buffalo
No Lyle Koenen 20 D Clara City
No Gary H. Dahms 21 R Redwood Falls
No Doug Magnus 22 R Slayton
No Kathy Sheran 23 D Mankato
No Julie A. Rosen 24 R Vernon Center
No Al DeKruif 25 R Madison Lake
DNV Mike Parry 26 R Waseca
Yes Dan Sparks 27 D Austin
No John Howe 28 R Red Wing
No David H. Senjem 29 R Rochester
Yes Carla J. Nelson 30 R Rochester
No Jeremy R. Miller 31 R Winona
Yes Warren Limmer 32 R Maple Grove
No Gen Olson 33 R Minnetrista
No Julianne E. Ortman 34 R Chanhassen
No Claire A. Robling 35 R Jordan
No Dave Thompson 36 R Lakeville
No Chris Gerlach 37 R Apple Valley
No Theodore J. Daley 38 R Eagan
Yes James P. Metzen 39 D South Saint Paul
No Dan D. Hall 40 R Burnsville
No Geoff Michel 41 R Edina
No David W. Hann 42 R Eden Prairie
Yes Terri E. Bonoff 43 D Minnetonka
Yes Ron Latz 44 D Saint Louis Park
Yes Ann H. Rest 45 D New Hope
Yes Chris A. Eaton 46 D Brooklyn Center
No Benjamin A. Kruse 47 R Brooklyn Park
No Michael J. Jungbauer 48 R East Bethel
No Michelle R. Benson 49 R Ham Lake
Yes Barb Goodwin 50 D Columbia Heights
Yes Pam Wolf 51 R Spring Lake Park
No Ray Vandeveer 52 R Forest Lake
No Roger C. Chamberlain 53 R Lino Lakes
Yes John Marty 54 D Roseville
Yes Charles W. Wiger 55 D Maplewood
No Ted H. Lillie 56 R Lake Elmo
Yes Katie Sieben 57 D Newport
Yes Linda Higgins 58 D Minneapolis
Yes Kari Dziedzic 59 D Minneapolis
Yes D. Scott Dibble 60 D Minneapolis
Yes Jeff Hayden 61 D Minneapolis
Yes Patricia Torres Ray 62 D Minneapolis
Yes Kenneth S. Kelash 63 D Minneapolis
Yes Richard J. Cohen 64 D Saint Paul
Yes Sandra L. Pappas 65 D Saint Paul
Yes Mary Jo McGuire 66 D Falcon Heights
Yes John M. Harrington 67 D Saint Paul


6/20/2012: Minnesota Senator Charles Wiger, on his community cable TV show "Your Capitol, What's Up?" talks with dog advocate Scott Slocum about the problem of unnecessary dog deaths in body-gripping traps. Scott reminds dog owners that "It's very important for dog owners to know the danger. Until we have a safer community [and State], dog owners are in charge of protecting their dogs. This is a very important message."

Senator Wiger visits with Goldie on the campaign trail at the 2012 Manitou Days Grand Parade, 6/15/2012.
Goldie is wearing her custom-lettered "Wiger for MN Senate" harness (Scott did it himself, so unfortunately it reads upside down on her left side)

Scott Slocum,
Apr 26, 2012, 12:21 PM