February 21, 2013 Email
I live near several forested areas and walk with friends and dogs in those areas. A year ago, we all took a hike up to the top of Steamboat Peak. We had 6 dogs with us and 2 kids. Half of our group walked over a trap without seeing it. Someone finally spotted it before a dog or a child was caught in it. That scared us all and brought about a discussion of a few times when friends and their dogs weren’t as lucky and were caught in the traps. Stories of painful tragedies for both the dog and owner were detailed. It made me much more cautious about walking in the woods with my dog. This hike was not very far from houses or roads.
I hate the thought of a wild animal being caught in these traps and suffering up to 4 days before someone comes to check on the trap.
I would prefer that the traps be outlawed all together, but if a less extreme measure is called for at this time, please consider the following regulations. This is a time for more consideration and care between people and animals. I don’t see why trapping is necessary for feeding or clothing people. As “sport”, it is a heinous activity.