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Does WSDA Place Traps on Private Property?
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WSDA places traps on both public and private property in conducting
trapping programs. As much as possible, WSDA places traps on public
property. Before placing a trap on private property, WSDA attempts to gain
the permission of the property owner. If the owner is not at home, the
trapper will leave a door hanger or flier at the residence, explaining 1)
why a trap has been placed on their property, 2) where the trap has been
placed, and 3) giving a telephone number to call for answers to further
Below are paragraphs from the Revised Code of Washington, which authorize WSDA’s trapping and eradication programs:
RCW 17.24.021 (inspection and investigation)
(1) The director may intercept and hold or order held for
inspection, or cause to be inspected while in transit or after
arrival at their destination, all plants, plant products, bees, or
other articles likely to carry plant pests, bee pests, or noxious
weeds being moved into this state from another state, territory, or
a foreign country or within or through this state for plant and bee
pests and disease.
RCW 17.24.101 (statewide survey and control activity)
If there is reason to believe that a plant or bee pest may adversely impact the forestry, agricultural, horticultural, floricultural, or related industries of the state; or may cause harm to the environment of the state; or such information is needed to facilitate or allow the movement of forestry, agricultural, horticultural, or related products to out-of-state, foreign and domestic markets, the director may conduct, or cause to be conducted, surveys to determine the presence, absence, or distribution of a pest.
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