When you release an incidental catch, are you required to report it to the DNR? It is suggested, here, we should do that to help with the accurate appraisal of the species population. Might help with future decisions.
It is certainly suggested that Ohio trappers report all incidental catches. We got an otter season by flooding the DNR with reports of incidental otter. However, most of those otter were dead in a 330. We had a real problem with that because many trappers thought they were going to get in trouble for catching an otter, so they'd throw them in the bushes. It was NEVER illegal to catch an otter in Ohio, it was only illegal to try to keep it. Same with cats. My neighbor has killed two of them trying to release them and he turned both of them in.
All that said, there must the a thousand pictures of cats on game cameras here in Ohio right now. Time for the trappers association to get on the stick and get us a season.