Wyoming Untrapped

Goldendoodle Escapes Trap Set for Muskrats

The trap snapped shut low on Lucy’s leg and did not cause any more than superficial damage, Flynn said. Lucy was able to yank off the anchor that tethered her to the ground and wandered back to her owner.

A Wyoming Game and Fish Department warden said the traps were legally set.

“The trap was set on private land, and it was being set for muskrats that were causing damage to the banks of the pond,” agency spokesman Mark Gocke said. “State statute that says it’s legal to trap certain species that are causing damage, muskrats being one of them.”

The trapline, he said, was adequately marked and being checked with the frequency necessary.

“There was nothing illegal,” Gocke said. “Other than, I guess, that the dog was on land that it wasn’t supposed to be on.”

The landowner, he said, wasn’t interested in pressing charges.

One Jackson Hole resident who keeps close tabs on trapping issues said the trapped goldendoodle is proof of the indiscriminate nature of traps like Conibears. One of the devices was photographed this spring on the limb of a grizzly bear on Togwotee Pass.

“This confirms that we need to have trap-free areas where people recreate,” she said. “It’s as simple as that.”

In 2015, Wyoming Untrapped tried to turn some heavily used portions of the Bridger-Teton National Forest into trap-free areas, but the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission quashed a plan backed by local managers. The proposal would not have tightened trapping regulations on private land.

Flynn will email her homeowners association alerting neighbors there’s an active trapline nearby. Lucy’s getting leashed, too, Flynn said, at least next time she passes the section of trail that gave her a scare.

Read full article:  Conibear Catches Goldendoodle; Doggie Survives

By Mike Koshmrl

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