A Man Was Observed in the Area

March 27, 2013 email

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.

Trailsafe notes that many Incidents include shadowy figures who appear at the scene but deny they are the trapper involved. I cannot find any Incident in which a trapper takes responsibility for damages

Existing Trap Law Inadequate

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.

Testimony like this helped pass SB213, but much remains to be done until trapping on our public lands is banned entirely

Testimony for SB213

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.

[Thanks to testimony like this, SB213 was enacted July, 2013

Fear of Traps Restricts Freedom to Enjoy Outdoors

2013 Told in Person: 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.

This is how it ought to be. We pet owners outnumber the trappers! Why should they hold us hostage from enjoying outdoors? (Sadie behind Roger)

Dog Injured in Palomino Valley

March 9, 2013 Told in person

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. [Since passage of SB364 July 1, 2017, trappers are required to place ID or NDOW registration number on their traps]

Since passage of SB364, law now requires trapper ID or NDOW registration number on all traps set on public land. And the public has the right to disturb a trap that poses obvious risk.