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person] My neighbor's dog got loose and went to another
neighbor's yard. That neighbor complained. So my neighbor
tried to confine the dog, but the dog got out a second time
and went there again. This time the complaining neighbor had
set 7 traps. The dog was gone for a day and the owner was
frantic. Finally, they sent another dog to seek out the lost
dog. She was found in one of the traps with her leg broken.
We then sprang all the other traps.
[told in person] Although I
hunt, I don't like traps and will smash them whenever I find
them. This is because my dog was caught a few years ago. My
children and I managed to free him by smashing the trap with
[told in person] A few years
ago, in the Red Rock area north of Reno, my dog was caught
in a steel jaw trap while we were riding horses. On another
occasion, a neighbor was missing his dog. Eventually the dog
came home, dragging a trap on its leg.
Coyotes will follow us when we are riding, but we know we
can scare them away. We don't want traps out here.
[told in person] I live in
rural Nevada, and have a flock of sheep. I was distressed to
see coyotes attacking and killing my newborn lambs, and
called Nevada Dept. of Wildlife for advice.
They told me they would come out and kill all the coyotes. I
told them I absolutely didn't want the coyotes killed. But
this was all NDOW had to offer.
So I researched on my own and found out that llamas will
fight coyotes off. I purchased four llamas and keep them
with my flock of sheep. I have had no further problems with
[told in person] I frequently
hunt for chukar. A few years ago I was hunting with 3
friends. We all had our hunting dogs with us. We were in a
remote area. I suddenly heard my dog screaming. It took a
while to find him; he was caught in a trap and pulling with
all his strength to get free. While my friends and I were
trying to free him, we heard another dog screaming. My
friend's dog was also caught, in another trap in the area.
We eventually managed to free both dogs who were terrified
There are many of us hunters who do not want to deal with
traps, and think they should be much more tightly regulated.
[told in person] I was
jogging, which I do frequently, at Rancho San Rafael. There
was a very large trap set under a tree near the water. I
narrowly escaped stepping in it. I told the park ranger who
said traps were set there frequently. [Rancho San Rafael is
a Washoe County owned property]
March 4, 2007
Letter to the Editor Reno
Traps aren't needed to
We live in a remote area. We have come across rattlesnakes,
mountain lions, coyotes and bears. Give them their space and
they have not harmed us. We do this without weapons. Do not
run or turn your back on them.
If you don't know how to get your dog out of a steel trap,
you will soon learn. We've had to do this twice in the Red
The main thing I would like to say is these traps are
inhumane and are not necessary to keep people safe from wild
animals. Wild animals are afraid of humans and want to stay
away. They need their space, too, like we need ours, and
they shouldn't be killed in traps. This is not a good form
Jan Key, Reno
to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but
to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission --
to be of service to them wherever they require it."
Saint Francis of Assisi (1182 - 1226)