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Email Dec. 1, 2011

I had gotten in touch with Wildlife a few weeks ago when we came upon a bobcat stuck in a trap.  They explained the law, and it was about 96 hours before the bobcat was removed.

The next time out, we had one dog caught in a new trap, not far from where the bobcat was.  Two days later another dog got caught in another trap.  Then this morning, two of our dogs got caught in separate traps not more than 20 feet off the road, and not too far apart.  A person drove up while my husband was getting one dog out of the trap, and said they weren’t his.  My husband said he was going to call Wildlife and the person left the area.  When my husband called me to get the name of the warden I talked to, the person returned and started removing the traps, he did not see my husband.

My husband will be going up to the location with the warden this afternoon.  The warden said the traps have to be at least 200 feet off “any” road, that includes power line roads.  He will also be giving the warden a picture of the vehicle and license plate.

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Reno Gazette Journal Letter to the Editor Dec. 5, 2011

I wish to address the use of leg-hold traps used on public lands near housing developments.

This past Sunday, my dog was caught in one in an area where we walk frequently close to home. In trying to remove the trap, my husband was bit quite badly. In this same area several other people's dogs have also been caught in these traps, one losing its leg as a consequence.

These traps should not be allowed in high-use areas. Many individuals use this particular area for hiking, horseback riding and walking their dogs. I find the use of them extremely inhumane, leaving an animal trapped for up to four days before they have to check them.

Please, if you feel the need to hunt this way, make sure you place them in an area far enough away where someone's poor dog won't be caught in it.

Janice Fadda, Reno

Email Dec. 20,2011 Hello,
I came across your site after doing some research regarding NV state
trapping laws.
Yesterday, I was out on public land walking my dog when he became caught by a leg hold trap.  To say the experience was tramatic and horrific would be an understatement.  I managed to get the trap off of him, got bit somewhat in the process, but I can't blame him as he was very fearful and no doubt in pain.  Fortunately, after a trip to the vets for x-rays etc., other than some bruising & swelling, it appears that no serious damage was done at this point, but I'm still very much shaken by the event.
I looked online to see what the laws were.  It would seem to be common
sense for it to be posted that traps are in the area, but it seems there
is no such requirement therefore I'm appalled that this trapping was
being done legally most likely.  I'm not against hunting/trapping per
se, altho I've always felt the leg hold traps were cruel, and after having my dog get caught by one, feel even more so about that, especially after learning the trapper isn't required to check the trap for 90 some hours.
I live in Elko county so the new law wouldn't help here, I would like to
see a ban on these traps statewide, or at the very least, require that
it be posted traps are in the area and the trappers are required to
visit the traps more often.  Had such a sign been posted we would have
immediately left the area.  I enjoy walking my dog, off leash, on public
lands, but now am very wary of doing so during trapping season.  I've seen some of the trappers' defense of "Well, the dog should have been on a leash".  What about hunting dogs?  And afterall, there should be some areas, i.e. public lands, where a dog can be allowed to be off leash, and well...be a dog!  I realize there are risks with that, such as snakes & possibly injuries from running through woods and rocks etc., but it doesn't seem right to me to now have to take into account there's also hidden, undisclosed, buried traps, that can cause serious bodily harm to either pet or human, that may be out there lurking.  Short of avoiding letting my dog off leash during trapping season, I'm now extremely paranoid of going out on public land for hiking.
In the meantime, what can I do, being in Elko county, to help facilitate
passage of more reasonable, safe and above all humane, trapping laws? 
If you have any advice or suggestions, I would be grateful.


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