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Dog caught in snare, Vedauwoo, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, WY

DOG SNARING INCIDENT IN VEDAUWOO RECREATION AREA in the Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming near campground and climbing area on January 18. There are several snares remaining in the area, beware!

On Monday, January 18, 2021 in the late afternoon, a couple parked along the Middle Crow Creek in Vedauvoo to ice skate in the area.

“We pulled off the road at Middle Crow Creek, east of the road, right at a well-traveled parking spot to skate around on the ice. Our dog was caught right in the bushes on the north edge of the creek almost as soon as we arrived. It may have been 30-40 feet from the road. He was just fine as it was a basic cable snare and only caught his two front paws.”

Thankfully, the pet and the family are ok.

Thanks to the Laramie WGFD warden, Kristen DeVanon, for investigating the incident on site the next morning. She determined that the snares were set legally.

This is the third trapping incident in Vedauwoo Recreational area this winter season. Warning signs of trapping/snaring should be posted throughout Vedauwoo, followed by a permanent closure to trapping/snaring.
It’s time to end this senseless non-target trapping/snaring on this highly used public recreation area.


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

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 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!


                      There have been three dog-trapping incidents this winter season in Vedauwoo Recreation area.

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