March 16, 2011 Personal email Las Vegas:
In the years I have trapped in the Spring Mountains, I have never had an altercation or an incident with a dog owner. On one occasion I have observed where I could tell that I had caught a dog, but the owner obviously quickly released it. In fact, I have a dog that accompanies me on my trap line and she has been caught several times, with no ill effect. In fact, I catch myself several times a year with no adverse effects other than a firm resolve not to do it again. . . .
. . . To my recollection, these incidents arise every few years, but in each case where the pet owner was reasonably close to the dog, the dog was released without harm. As I mentioned, my own dog gets caught several times a year and she has never suffered any ill effects from these encounters with traps.