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posted Feb 26, 2012, 6:33 PM by SS-Slocum Information   [ updated Nov 10, 2017, 6:05 PM by Scott Slocum ]
Warning to pet owners: please be very careful when you walk your dogs: they may be in danger from deadly traps. For your own safety, please avoid areas that might be set with traps, especially during trapping seasons (which in Minnesota run from October 15th through the end of April every year). Dog owners are often surprised to find legal traps in the ditches along roads, on unposted public lands, and on unposted private property--even near the borders of their own private property, public lands and parks. No one wants any more dogs to be killed. 



Dog-trapping and other non-target trapping incidents in the news (an alarmingly-long but totally-incomplete list of "non-target trapping incidents" involving people and their pets): 
  • Teddy  and Carol Kamenis' story, Cathedral City, California, 3/2016.
    • KESQ TV News, by Alexandra Pierce, 3/31/2016.
    • Neighborhood cat caught in foothold trap at night and all day in residential area; no trapping allowed.
    • Cat, perhaps abandoned by previous homeowners, comes every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
    • Emergency veterinary bill over $1,300. Antibiotics and overnight stay to prevent infection from soft-tissue damage.
  • Morgan and Mary Franzel's story, Clark Fork, Idaho, 3/11/2016
    • Spokesman-Review, by Rich Landers, 3/16/2016.
    • Dog caught in foothold trap set legally along a ski trail.
    • Trap was set within the reach of a ski pole.
    • Idaho rules allow traps to be set as close as five feet from the center of a trail. They cannot be on a road or its right-of-way, except for bridges and culverts. The article doesn't say whether the trap site was considered to be on a trail, or on a road. Perhaps a ski trail along the road right-of-way.
  • Bo and Tedi Witt's story, Hawk Watch Trail near Albuquerque, NM, 2/2016.
    • KOB Eyewitness News 4, by Stuart Dyson, 3/1/2016.
    • Dog caught in foothold trap near popular hiking trail.
    • Dog pulled leash out of owner's hands to follow the scent to the bait.
    • Owner unable to release frightened, defensive dog; waited 45 min. for help.
  • Almoe and Randy McNolty's story, 100 Mile House, BC, Canada, 1/17/2016.
    • CBC News, By Eric Rankin, 2/2/2016
    • Dog killed by snare baited with meat, set 3 meters off road near home.
    • Snare severed dog's jugular vein. Owner was right there, but couldn't save him.
    • Another dog in the same area four days later was nearly killed in the same way.
    • B.C. Trappers Association "opposes formal rules requiring signage or setback of traps from roadways.
    • Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources says "trappers [already] work to minimize the capture of domestic animals in their traps,"
  • Molly Rose and Lorena Jensen's story, Romulus, NY, 1/7/2016.
    • Finger Lakes Times, by Spencer Tulis, 1/17/2016.
    • Dog on leash, walking with owner, was killed by an illegal #220 body-gripping trap set in a hole in the fence around the former Seneca Army Depot.
    • Teenage owner bruised from the attempt to save her dog.
    • Investigation underway.
  • Roxy and Patti Foy's story, Jemez Springs area, New Mexico, 2015.
  • Hank and Anne Boden's story, Hay River, Northwest Territories, 7/7/2015.
  • Lily and Rosie Nordby's story, Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, 11/29/2014.
    • Star Tribune, by Doug Smith, 3/18/2015.
    • Dog killed just up the road from home.
    • Eight two-week-old puppies orphaned.
    • Trapper fined $100 for technical violation. No fine for cruelty or carelessness.
  • Shylo and Gloria & Rodney Bouley, Fort Kent, Maine, 12/2014.
  • Betty and Gwynne Basen's story, Potton, Quebec, 12/2014.
    • CBC News and Quebec AM Radio, 12/19/2014.
    • Dog killed by body-gripping trap near parking lot of the Green Mountains nature reserve.
  • Duke and Scott Adams' story, near Hurricane, Utah, 12/26/2014.
    • Saint George News, by Carin Miller, 1/2/2015.
    • Dog caught in illegal foothold/leghold trap set near public trail on Quail Lake in Quail Creek State Park.
    • This time of year, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources says it's flooded with complaints of dogs caught in traps.
  • Bracken and Steve Grossman's story, Pillager, Minnesota, 12/5/2014.
    • Outdoor News MN, 2/20/2015, by Javier Serna. (Print only).
    • Grouse-hunting dog caught in body-gripping trap, rescued and revived by hunting guide Steve Grossman.
    • Grossman supports trapping, but acknowledges Dog Lovers 4 Safe Trapping MN proposals to protect dogs. "If there are things we can do so we don't have these confrontations, that would be my choice."
  • Jetta and Terry Dubois' story, New Mexico, 2014.
    • Outside Magazine, by Ryan Krogh, 7/8/2014.
    • Dog injured by foothold trap set near hiking trail. Hiking companion was able to release the dog without permanent injury.
    • Article discusses other incidents, and grass-roots political movements to regulate trapping.

  • Lousche and Mike Denny's story, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 3/2014.
    • Coeur d'Alene Press, by Keith Cousins, 3/19/2014.
    • Chocolate lab injured by foothold trap set on state endowment land in the Cougar Gulch area of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
    • Owner calls for trapping regulations because trapping ethics are not being taken seriously.

  • Loyal and Sarah Miller's story, near Kellogg Idaho, 1/26/2014.
  • Rosie and Shannon Fraser's story, near Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada, 1/12/2014.
  • Tucker and Wendy Schroeder's story, Sundre, Alberta, Canada, 11/27/2013.
  • Bindi and Jenna Kyhl's story, Parkersburg, Iowa, 11/4/2013
    • KWWL by Shelly Russell, 11/13/2013.
    • Dog went missing from her rural Parkersburg, IA home on Monday, managed to return home--still caught in a body-gripping trap--on Friday.
    • Trap was set illegally, close to home on owner's large farm, not by neighboring landowners.
    • Friends started a fundraiser to help with veterinary costs.
  • Miko and Katherine Winski's story, near Albuquerque, New Mexico, 11/2013
    • Albuquerque Journal, by Olivier Uyttebrouck, 11/12/2013.
    • Dog caught and injured by foothold trap set only a few feet off of a popular hiking trail (a loop off of a "designated" trail).
    • Trapper would only point out that the loop was not a "designated" trail, and was therefore open to trapping.
  • Annie & Bob Wangsness' story, Austin, Minnesota 1/2013.
  • Solano & Ursula Neese's story, near Livingston, Montana, 1/2013.
    • KTVM TV News, by Lauren Maschmedt, 1/20/2013.
    • Dog caught in a pair of leghold traps while walking with owner along a familiar trail near home in the Paradise Valley.
    • Owner calls for warning signs, warns dog owners of hidden dangers.
  • Pippin & Rob Shura's story, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 11/2012.
  • Schatzie & the Knox Family's story, Kanabec County, Minnesota 10/20/2012.
    • Pioneer Press, by Dave Orrick, 10/25/2012. WI DNR statistics and success in protecting dogs vs. MN DNR uncertainty and opinions.
    • Little girl's little dog killed by a body-gripping trap walking on public hunting land.
    • Good analysis by the author contrasting Minnesota vs. Wisconsin body-gripping trapping regulations.
  • Joker & Maya and Nina Anthony's story, north of Taos, New Mexico, 2/26/2012.
  • Hugo dog & Washington County Deputy Sheriff's story, Hugo, Minnesota, 1/16/2012.
  • Riley & Furlong family's story, near Holyrood, Newfoundland, Canada, 12/27/2011.
  • Copper and Melodie Liddle's story, Holton, Indiana, 12/16/2011.
  • Niña & Michael Trujillo story, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 2003.
    • Las Cruces Sun News, by Diana M. Alba, 5/14/2011.
    • Dog injured by foothold snare while hiking with her owner in the desert west of Picacho Hills.
    • Citizens and officials re-evaluate New Mexico trapping regulations.
    • Looking for ways to reduce conflicts between trappers and the rest of the public.
    • Dogs are endangered by exceptions for the trapping of coyotes and other unprotected species.
  • Black Lab & Sharon & Larry Nall's story, Joseph, Oregon, 12/18/2008.
  • Labrador & Pete Kirkman's story, Enterprise, Oregon, 10/31/2008.
  • Buddy & Liz Kehr and Kevin Feist's story, near Kalispell, Montana 12/26/1997. 
    • High Country News, by Tom Reed 4/12/1999.
    • Dog killed by Conibear 220 trap in bucket, baited with raw chicken parts.
    • Article includes trapping history and political analysis.
    • "Not trying to ban trapping, just wanted changes in the way it was done."


Please report dog injuries and deaths in traps to the media and the following: 



Public marshland surrounded by suburban neighborhoods, set with deadly traps 1/26/2012.
Public marshland surrounded by suburban neighborhoods in the White Bear Lake, MN area, set with deadly traps on 1/26/2012.