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Dog caught in snare near West Table Boat Ramp, WY

A Wyoming Public Records Act (…/cha…/article-2/section-16-4-201/) request to the WGFD is required to retrieve information about any reported trapping/snaring incidents during the year, domestic or wild. Following a recent WPRA, Wyoming Untrapped received an incident report of a dog caught in a snare at the heavily used West Table Boat Ramp (UTM’s 514645, 4783743)  in Teton County on October 20, 2021. Warden Lash investigated the report and cited the trapper $150 for setting exposed bait over 5 lbs within 30 feet of a snare. The snare seized was then given back to the trapper at the time of citation issuance. This cheap steel wire can be used again in Teton County, or almost anywhere) for illegal trapping to injure or kill. Read the full Law Enforcement Incident Report.
Current trapping regulations in Teton County and statewide are supported by our wildlife management agencies. This snare was set in a heavily used recreational area, causing a dangerous, possibly deadly, situation to the public, pets, and wildlife. Indiscriminate killing of a pet remains legal. Returning a trap or snare to the trapper, even if it brutally injures or kills a pet, is the law.
If you are aware of any trapping incidents, or if you have experienced the trauma, get in touch with us to ensure that we can provide follow-up of the incident ( 307-201-2422). We also need the data to provide the only inclusive trapping incident database in the state on our website,
Snares are legal in this area any day of the year. Take precautions and know what to do if your pet is trapped. Always carry a cable-cutter in the field. It may save your pet’s life. We have the recommended tool on our website shop. To learn more:
For each of our posts, please consider making a phone call or sending an email expressing your opinion. Our wildlife management decision-makers need to hear from you. Thank you!
You can politely reach out to:
Governor Mark Gordon
Wyoming Game and Fish Commission
President: Commissioner Kenneth Roberts
You can reach out to;
Wyoming Department of Agriculture
Director Doug Miyamoto
State Director USDA/Wildlife Services-
Mike Foster
(307) 261-5336


Know what to do if your pet is caught in a trap or snare. Download to your smartphone for access in the field.

Watch our 11-minute video: “How to Release Your Pet From a Trap

Watch our virtual Trap Release Workshop featuring Dave Pauli of the Humane Society of the U.S.

Carry tools with you if needed to help release your pet. We have assembled UNtrap Packs to make it easier for you. At a minimum, carry an aircraft cable cutter if your pet is caught in a snare. These tools could save your pet’s life.

Have you experienced a negative trapping incident involving you, your pet, your family, or another living thing?
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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Stay safe, everyone!


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