I was running Kaiser January 2, 2011 (German short hair pointer) in an area that I have run dogs for the past 30 years. He chased a rabbit up and over a hill and that’s where he was snared. I was able to find him by his whimpers and by my other dog walking over to him. Kaiser was lying under a juniper tree and his coat matched the dirt–he was difficult to see. Luckily, the steel leg hold trap only grabbed skin on his shoulder–no meat, no tears. There was blood, but it turned out to be mine when the trap cut into my palm as I was opening it to free him.
The trap seemed to be fairly new but had not been visited (no tracks in the snow) for a few days. It was set off a dirt road where I have taken my dogs for the last 25-30 years in the back of Lemmon Valley on the way to Antelope Valley.
I have notified my neighbors and will forward all information to them. My suggestion was to put up signs warning people there were traps in the area. This is an area used by many for exercising dogs, 4-wheeling, etc. I was also very disappointed to discover that Nevada had the 96 hour rule instead of 24 hours as apparently other states have.
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