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Told in person March 9, 2013

Our dog was gone three hours from our house. We live in Palomino Valley which is rural. My husband went looking for her. He almost walked past the trap. Bur he heard her bark. There were three traps on our neighbors' property. None of them were marked with ID or registration. Five days later, the neighbor saw fresh tracks in the snow. My husband went to check on this, but the traps were gone. He did see a dead rabbit left there. Our dog now has a limp. She's black, but has a white scar on her leg.

We live near Fernley. Dogs get trapped out here all the time. My friends take dogs out in the hills. I won't go out there. What would I do if something happened to one of my dogs? It's too far to call. I worry about traps more than anything out there. Coyotes have their territory so I don't worry about them as much. I'd like the freedom to let my dogs out.

Told in person March 9, 2013

About 20 years ago my dog got trapped north of Moon Rocks. He was caught on the chin, so was OK.

Public Comment, March 2013

Traps are placed close to homes,animal suffer for days.My dog was caught in a trap,within 1/4 mile of my residence in a housing estate in Carson City.I was lucky to find my dog, who was in pain in the snow, and I could not release the trap.Over 4 hours later a friend managed to contact a ranger who could release the trap.This was on a weekday at 1pm, on a weekend or after hours this would not have been possible.

Please support SB 213 and pass rules that protect wild animals and human companions enjoying the Nevada wilderness.
I searched for 2 hours to discover my dog in a leg trap on a snow covered hill a 1/4 mile from my residence at 209 Sussex Place, Carson City. I walked out my back gate to a jeep trail on King St. at Longview. Behind a rock at the top of the hill, clearly seen from my backyard, a leg trap was set and baited with a putrid smell and streamers, that sparkled in the wind, to attract animals. The dog was in pain and I could not release the trap.
Needless suffering of animals by trappers for money, who give no consideration to the pain and anguish of beautiful creatures.


Public Comment, March 2013

Please vote for this bill. [sb213]Finding our registered show dog stuck in one of these barbaric traps after missing for more than 3 hours was heart wrenching. The trap was set less than a thousand feet from our house, on private property without permission, and less than 100 feet from a road/walking trail. We live on a ranch 15 miles from pavement with our nearest neighbor over a mile away. If other people living on this ranch can drive over 40 miles to work every day, trappers can easily visit their traps within 24 hours. This bill should have included a no trap zone of one mile from any residence without written permission from ALL occupants of such residence. The current trapping law in Nevada does not protect domestic pets lured into such an inhumain device.


Public Comment, March 2013

My dogs have been caught by snares twice and once by a submerged beaver trap. If I had known traps were around it would not have happened.

Personal email received March 27, 2013

We would like to share with you an event that happened to one of our dogs when we still lived in Nevada.
Our friend, Sandy Bucklew, lives near the end of Grandpa’s Road outside of Searchlight. We and our dogs were visiting with her there in the spring of 2005. Sandy and I had an overnight business trip and Dennis had agreed to stay at Sandy’s place to care for her animals. As Sandy and I were getting into the car to leave I was aware that I was only seeing two of our dogs rather than three. All three had been present earlier.
When we returned the next day we learned that Solly, the missing dog, had spent the day in a trap. Luckily for us all a family had spent the day in the desert and had come upon her just at sunset. Solly was gentle but big enough to be intimidating. The family cared enough to inquire at nearby places and found Sandy’s They then drove Dennis back to the site where Solly was so he could remove her paw from the trap. She had been there all day. The trap had no identification of ownership. Dennis pitched the trap into the shrubs. By the time we thought to look for it the next day, it had disappeared. Sandy had observed a man in the general area a little earlier.

Personal email received March 30, 2013

I live at the northern edge of Spanish Springs. All of the houses around me are on 40 acre parcels or larger. A few years ago one of my neighbors had a young male Australian Cattle dog. Very nice friendly dog. One day he went on a walk about and didn't come home. After about 3-4 days he showed up back home. His left front leg was mangled and almost cut completely off above the first joint. His skull above one eye was crushed right above his eye and he was a bloody mess. The neighbor rushed him to the vet and they were able to save him, after spending over $1000,00.
The Vet figured that the Dog got trapped by a steel leg trap and couldn't get loose. When the trapper finally checked his trap, he found the dog and tried to club him to death, emptied the trap and left the dog to die. The dog woke up and found his way home.
We could never find the trap or the trapper but we are confident that the trap was set within a few miles of this populated area..
I see this poor dog at least every week and he still has his mangled foot/leg and limps around.
These trappers have to be regulated more closely. The traps need to be registered and the public needs to know where these traps are.
I have horses and dogs. I ride the mountains all around this area meany times with my dogs. The trappers need to place the traps away from populated areas and they HAVE to be required to check the traps every 24 hours.
Trapping is a barbaric practice and there is no reason any animal should be forced to remain trapped for more than 24 hours just because the trapper doesn't want to have to check the traps every 24 hours !

Thank you for your work to help protect our wildlife and pets !!

Told in person April 21, 2013, Earth Day

I was hiking with a woman and a German Shepherd. The Shepherd stepped into a big trap in the river. It took two people to get the dog out of the trap. His front leg was broken halfway up. A "guy" came by and asked for his trap back. The hikers refused and took it with them to the police. The dog owner had to pay the entire vet bill.

Told in person April 21, 2013, Earth Day

In Cold Springs, Sand Piper Drive, there were several 3-legged cats noted in the neighborhood. There is one back yard that is semi-fenced. Evidently this neighbor considered cats a nuisance, so set traps for them. Now the neighborhood is over-run with mice and all the feral cats are gone. There had been about 10 cats. This process happened over a 4-year period.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 1 p.m.
SB 213 testimony before the Nevada Assembly Natural Resources Agriculture and Mining Committee

Thank you for hearing this testimony today.

My name is             and I live with my husband,               , at               . I am testifying today on our behalf only.

On Saturday, December 29th, this past winter, our neighbor's dog Doc was caught in a coil-spring leg-hold trap on our property. There were several inches of snow on the ground during that period and the night-time temperatures were below freezing. It took Doc's owner, who is an avid outdoorsman, 8 hours to find Doc, finally locating him after dark. Our property, northwest of Reno, has several ravines, rocky cliffs and is covered with dense sagebrush and juniper, making it hard to find a dog that is not moving. Doc had some cuts and bruises from the trap, but fortunately, he had no broken bones. Doc was lucky he was found by his owner, because this beautiful hunting dog may have suffered a terrible death before the trapper bothered to check on this trap 10 days after Doc was caught.

A warden with the Department of Wildlife conducted a thorough investigation of the situation the last two weeks of January. He found our property well marked with “Private Property, No Trespassing” signs, and on three different occasions he hiked our property for several hours and found 6 more traps. He set up a motion-activated camera to catch the trapper “in the act” of checking his traps, but, as it turns out, the trapper never visited any of the additional six traps discovered by the warden.

During this time, we stopped walking and hiking on our property, we kept our dogs locked up in a small yard, and asked our neighbors to stay away from our property until this trapping incident was resolved.

The warden finally found the trapper, thanks to one small lead—someone on January 8th, riding a horse, left a deep, straight trail in the snow between a house southwest of us and Doc's trap site. On January 30th, a month after Doc was trapped, and after what seemed like an entire winter of feeling like prisoners in our own home, the warden informed us that the fellow at this address admitted to setting the seven traps. He was a first-time trapper this winter and had gotten a trapping license. He admitted to not “visiting” the traps that the warden discovered, because he said he was going to watch them by using a spotting scope. The warden said the traps couldn't be seen with a scope from this man's house 1 ½ miles away with the terrain what it is. That's why the law requires a physical visit. As to why he set his traps on private property the trapper told the warden he didn't know it was private property--he hadn't seen any signs. Sadly for the trapper, the warden had my photographs from January 8th, of this man's horse tracks in the snow passing right next to one of 18 “Private Property/No Trespassing” signs that line the road leading to our house. This fellow admitted to not knowing trapping regulations, saying “he could not find the information.” We were not surprised when the warden told us “there was no education or course of understanding a trapper must take prior to getting a license.” In the end, the warden sited the trapper for baiting violations and visitation violations, and warned him about trapping on private property, using “game” as bait, and “failure to remove a mammal” (the warden could not discuss the last two warnings with us, and frankly, we didn't really want to know at this point).

This warden was fantastic to work with and worked hard to resolve this case. Had this trapper's traps been registered, the warden admitted, the case would have been resolved quickly. This would have saved money and time and perhaps would have preserved some sense of the safety and security we have felt on this beautiful piece of  property for a quarter-of-a-century. As it is, we will never feel safe there again, and we plan to take the warden's advice and learn how to free ourselves and our animals from leg-hold traps and snares.

Obviously, we believe all traps should be registered, and we believe trappers should be educated in trapping laws, and we also believe that the “humane treatment of all animals” should be the primary concern of all wildlife agencies. If this bill passes, I hope the Board of Wildlife Commissioners reduces the cruel and absurdly-long trap visitation requirement of 96 hours, to 24 hours, at least in congested areas, but preferably in the entire state.  

Thank You

Told in person July 6, 2013

I worked in a veterinary office for 17 years. We saw plenty of trap injuries.



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