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Dog, “Finn”, Caught in Leghold, Vedauwoo Recreation Area, Medicine Bow National Forest, WY

DOG TRAPPING INCIDENT IN VEDAUWOO RECREATION AREA in the Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming near a campground and climbing area.

A couple hiking in the area with their two dogs which were off-leash and nearby. One of the dogs, “Finn”,  was along the river when he got caught in a leghold trap (41.17541,-105.30320). It was likely that he stopped to check out whatever bait was used. Finn “screamed the whole time and it took us a few minutes to figure out the trap. But we eventually were able to open it up and release his leg. He had a small laceration on his leg, but otherwise okay once free. 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.”

Photo: The beloved furry-friend caught in the trap.


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Please share your story on our trapping incident form 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 it 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.

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