WU received information from WY Trap-Freemont County that "Sheba", a 5-year-old border collie was caught in a leghold trap while trotting alongside her owner Perry Kaufman who was on horseback. Please be aware that these horrific snares and traps litter our landscapes. The WGFD is actively addressing possible trapping reform.
"It was traumatizing for us as owners though, to hear him scream like that and have to act fast to figure out what to do. We had no idea that traps were even something to worry about while exploring public lands."
Have you experienced a negative trapping incident involving you, your pet, your family, or another living thing?
Please share your story so that we can help you in whatever way we can and bring the realities of trapping to a broader public. Your personal information will be respected, and you may submit anonymously.
Provide as much as possible of the following information so that your report will be as effective as possible. Include species of animal, type of trapping device, name of dog (if applicable), any injuries incurred by animals or humans involved, medical expenses, and as much additional detail as possible. Also, photos are very helpful but not required. We encourage you to include multiple photos and videos of trap, trap set area, bait, wild animal, dog, injury, and a picture of your dog without the trap to add a face to your story.
No agency keeps track of reports of dogs caught in traps. This map is incomplete, but a much-needed record of these incidents. As awareness has increased, WU is learning of more cases where dogs were trapped but the owner had no recourse or engaged officials to report it to. We aim to share those stories here.