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Trap Incidents -- Stories from people throughout Nevada - Pets and Unintended Wildlife getting Trapped

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January 17, 2011


Personal email: On January 17, our six month old puppy McGee slipped away from our yard and could not be found. Two days later, he was dumped over our fence. McGee was wearing a collar with our address and three phone numbers on it. The trapper who found him did not call any of those numbers to notify us of his critical condition. Dehydrated, frost bitten and barely able to walk on three legs, he probably would not have lived if he had not dragged himself up to the house where I happened to be that day. His front paw had obviously been caught in a leg hold trap so I rushed him to the vet where I was told he may not live. The vet who treated him said he treats many dogs that get caught in leg-hold traps. Most lose at least part of their foot. Fortunately our puppy responded to hospitalization, and $800 later we have him home again. We still do not know whether he will ever walk without a limp. This occurred in an area where lots of people bring their dogs and is a short way from our house. The vet said the trappers are only required to check their traps every four days and should be required to check them everyday or use radio signal traps. How many dogs could survive trapped for four days?

March 16, 2011 Personal email: Las Vegas
In the years I have trapped in the Spring Mountains, I have never had an altercation or an incident with a dog owner. On one occasion I have observed where I could tell that I had caught a dog, but the owner obviously quickly released it. In fact, I have a dog that accompanies me on my trap line and she has been caught several times, with no ill effect. In fact, I catch myself several times a year with no adverse effects other than a firm resolve not to do it again. . . .
. . . To my recollection, these incidents arise every few years, but in each case where the pet owner was reasonably close to the dog, the dog was released without harm. As I mentioned, my own dog gets caught several times a year and she has
never suffered any ill effects from these encounters with traps.

March 16, 2011 Support email: Northern Nevada

My dog has been caught twice in snare traps along the Truckee River and recently caught in a beaver trap.
I realize trapping is legal but have a problem with Nature Conservancy promoting nature and privately allowing people to come on Conservancy property to exterminate the cottonwood eating beavers.
To me it is the hypocritical attitude that is a problem and not letting the public know traps are being used. My dog almost suffocated in the snares. I understand the person trapping did not have permission; however, my dog would have drowned had I not jumped in the river to remove the leg trap.
Labrador retrievers like water. I frankly do not like the trapping.
Regards, Mark Banks

March 2, 2011 Support email: Las Vegas
I strongly favor SB 226, legislation to "Prohibit the use of certain animal traps in certain areas," because I have seen too many times the the horrible damage that victims receive from traps.
I have personally known people whose pets have been seriously injured in these traps very close to housing.
JoAnne Jahnke

March 2, 2011 Support email: Ely
We have had pets get caught in these traps and we were traumatized to great extent as was our pets when this happened. Our Dalmation was so scared as my dad had to use all of his might to release the dog. Thank goodness he did or Dice would have died.
Also if other animals are trapped near roads the animals that are trapped (and very angry since they are inhumanely dieing) are a danger to us walking by. Not only our pets but us as well. The traps should be very far off of any road where people may be walking there animals.
Please make changes and fix this issue.
Thank you for your consideration of this important issue.
Sincerely, Jade Gelskey

March 3, 2011 Support email: Carson City
My neighbors' cat was trapped right here in the center of Carson City....the little sweetie lost her leg. As a Nevada resident, I am deeply concerned about how my community treats its animals and the manner in which our animals are controlled and managed. . . .  

Dec. 3, 2010

Minutes Dec. 3, 2010 Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissiners Meeting
. . . Commissioner Vogler said . . . on the rare occasion that a unleashed dog stumbles into a trap makes him feel very bad ands he had it happen to his own dog. . . .If you are a good trapper you will do everything not to trap a dog as no market for dog fur that he knows of.