Posted by MarkRobison at 4/17/2012 10:43 AM PDT on rgj.com
Upon seeing yesterday’s story about David Fulton being convicted of placing a trap too close to a roadway — an action that snared Jason and Amie Ruckmans’ dog Gretchen — Kim from Reno wrote to ask if that trap was the same as one that caught her dog on Jan. 5. [ Photo is the trap that caught Gretchen] It is the same trap, based on the Ruckmans’ photos, except that Fulton later added snares because, he told me, something kept tripping the trap but not getting caught.
Our Cain Terrier, Molly was caught in a live steel trap near the South Valley Sports Complex on January 5 this year. I wonder when Gretchen was caught in a trap and if the live steel trap was the same one Molly was caught in.
I thought the trap was set up by the park authority because of the label attached to the trap.
Fulton had added a notice saying the trap was “authorized.” It wasn’t. (He thought it was authorized because he purchased a trapping license.)
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.