Releasing a Pet from a Trap (Short Version)

Releasing a Pet from a Trap (Short Version)

Let’s hope the day never comes! But somebody might need a quick diagram like this one. Courtesy of the Reno Gazette-Journal


  1. Cover animal’s head with blanket, sweater, jacket, whatever is handy, to calm him/her and to prevent biting
  2. Carry tools if possible. For instance, wire cutters. Perhaps have a heavy-duty bolt cutter in the vehicle.
  3. If you cannot open the trap, maybe you can cut the anchor chain and take the animal, trap and all, to nearest veterinarian.
  4. Nevada law empowers you to remove/open/tamper with a trap that poses obvious risk.

How to Release Your Pet From a Trap

This excellent demonstration is presented by Wyoming Untrapped. The lessons apply in all the Western states. The presenter is Dave Pauli, Senior Advisor Wildlife Response & Policy at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).