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“Coco”, was caught in leghold trap, Teton County, WY, May 27, 2022

ALERT!
BE AWARE THAT TRAPS ARE OUT THERE ON OUR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LANDS. WHEREVER YOU SEE WILDLIFE, THERE COULD BE TRAPS, OR LETHAL SNARES AND CONIBEARS.

“Coco”, an 8-year-old German Shepard, was caught in a small leghold trap, injured with a broken paw bone on May 27, 2022. Julie, the pup owner, was able to pry open the trap with her hands. It was about 20/30 feet off the Swinging Bridge Trail, 43.37159,-110.73358, south of Jackson, WY on the Bridger Teton National Forest. Coco’s foot is healing quickly. A friend walked by the incident location later that day and didn’t see the trap. Julie walks by there “multiple times a week and had never seen or heard of any such things.”

 

If you feel outraged, please contact these wildlife management decision-makers. Let them know that it is legal to kill a pet, or any other non-target animal if the trap is legal. The trap is then required to be returned to the owner to kill again. No one is held accountable for the injury or death of the pet.

Please request that Wyoming, rated as one of the worst states for archaic trapping regulations, step up to the responsibility of trapping reform. This beloved pet did not deserve to get trapped like this or any other non-target animal.
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You can politely reach out to:
Governor Mark Gordon
governor@wyo.gov
307-777-7434
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You can politely reach out to:
Wyoming Department of Agriculture
https://wyagric.state.wy.us/directors-office
Director Doug Miyamoto
doug.miyamoto@wyo.gov
307-777-6569
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Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Director: Brian Nesvik
Brian.Nesvik@wyo.gov
307-631-1845
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Wyoming Game and Fish Commission
President: Kenneth Roberts
kenneth.roberts@wyo.gov

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Watch our full-length webinar workshop:
bit.ly/WyomingUntrapped-webinar-workshop
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Download our Pet Trap Safety Brochure to your smartphone for access in the field:
wyominguntrapped.org/trapping-brochures/
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Watch our 11-minute video: “How to Release Your Pet From a Trap”
wyominguntrapped.org/portfolio-item/how-to-release-your-pet-from-a-trap/
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Be Snare Aware! Learn all about these lethal snares:
https://wyominguntrapped.org/snare-aware/
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Carry tools with you if needed to help release your pet. We have assembled UNtrapped 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. You can find our UNtrap Pack and cable/snare cutters on our website.
wyominguntrapped.org/programs/untrap-packs/

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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.
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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 the 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/snare, 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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