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Dog, “Sheba”, trapped in leghold, Tunnel Hill Rd, Fremont County, WY

Tunnel Hill area, Fremont County, WY, BLM public land

WU received information from WY Trap-Freemont County that “Sheba”, a 5-year-old border collie was caught in a leghold trap while trotting alongside her owner Perry Kaufman who was on horseback.  Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020 ~ 1-2:30 pm.  Suddenly, Sheba starting yelping.  Perry was able to jump off his horse and release the trap from her foot.  Luckily, there was no significant injury. WGFD was notified immediately, and an investigation is underway.

The location is on BLM public land, a sand mesa habitat area. Tunnel Hill, about 4.5 miles off Missouri Valley Rd.(hwy 134).  There is a bridge in the area, near a canal. The trap was located on a hilltop.  There is also an area used for dumping animal carcasses, with mostly old bones.

Last January 2020, another beloved pet, “Mac”, was caught in the same vicinity in a POWER neck snare (an extremely lethal device) set for bobcats. The treasured friend did not survive.

Until we learn more about the location in detail, please be aware that these horrific snares and traps litter our landscapes. The WGFD is actively addressing possible trapping reform.  Visit for ways you can get informed, get involved and advocate for change. Trapping reform advocate numbers are growing on a fast-track, and we need YOU to join this movement for a future where inhumane trapping is unimaginable.


















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 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.

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!






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