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Trap Incidents
Note: We have heard numerous stories, but people cannot always pinpoint the date. Therefore, incident dates are displayed only when confirmed. Apologies...these cases are not yet posted in chronological order, so just browse through.
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[told in person]A dog was trapped in neighbor's back yard in Spanish Springs. This was an unfenced yard providing free access to animals and children.

[told in person] Our dog, Kali, a medium-sized, four-year-old Black Lab mix, was caught by the toe in a steel leg hold trap near Los Altos in Sparks, a popular hiking area.These trails are within city limits.
Kali's owner could not open the trap, but the trap chain came loose, so she carried the dog and chain for 30-40 minutes before meeting a man who knew how to release the trap.
Kali's toe bled, but healed eventually after the incident.
The owner called NV Dept. of Wildlife. The secretary told her the game warden was out, but the trap was legal because it was "25 feet from the trail." [There is nothing in the NRS about "25 feet from trails"]

[told in person] My small dog Genie, before I adopted her, was left in a trap and used as coyote bait. She was rescued, though she lost a rear leg. Now she is happy, but it's sad to watch her thigh twitch when she tries to scratch with the missing leg.

February 9, 2009 Reno Gazette Journal (RGJ)
Letter to the Editor
Traps don't belong near popular paths

While hiking above Pleasant Valley, my dog was caught in a steel trap. The trap was only about 30 feet away from a path that is obviously used with some frequency for hiking. Fortunately, a friend was with me and together we were able to free my dog.

I understand that trapping is legal in Nevada from November through February, but I question the good sense of it being allowed in areas easily accessed by nearby residents and their pets.

Beyond concerns for the safety of adults, children and their pets is the issue of the inhumanity of trapping wild animals simply to harvest their furs for clothing. If certain people simply must drape their bodies in the pelts of dead animals, there are those animals raised for that purpose, and I'm hoping that when they are harvested for their beautiful coats, that they are not first held captive in a trap without food for an unknown number of days and nights until the trapper decides to check his traps and then ends their suffering with a bullet to the head.

Please contact your legislator if you believe the laws regarding trapping in our state need to be addressed and modified.

Linda Anderson, Reno

April 14, 2009 Letter to RGJ

Trappers are in our midst  

On April 7, I witnessed a sad sight. A large, healthy coyote, trying to cross Vista Boulevard in Sparks near the new Raley's. I say trying because this animal's left foreleg was a bloody stump, missing at the first joint. In obvious distress (panting, limping, in broad daylight), this animal awaits a lingering death from infection and starvation.  

This animal was "trapped" in a residential area where myself and others walk their pets. Legal or not, I will find these traps and destroy them. Join me in action.

Mark Easton, Sparks


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