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“Grit”, caught in leghold trap, Lander, WY, December 9, 2022


A Good Samaritan contacted the Lander Pet Connection (LPC) on Friday, 12/9/22; she was in tears about a dog whose front paw was “hanging by a thread.” The dog was found on Plunkett and 17-mile road in Lander, 42.952640, -108.723436 near the Wind River Reservation. He appeared to belong to a property nearby, and after contacting the suspected owner, the finder was permitted to keep this injured dog. The previous owner wasn’t planning on treating the wound and surrendered the animal to the finder. With the surrendered animal, the woman rushed to the LPC, where he was taken to the animal hospital for medical care.

Dr. Kennedy at Lander Valley Animal Hospital immediately suspected that Grit had been a victim of a leg hold trap and had been stuck for a minimum of 4 days due to his body condition and other clues. Grit gnawed and twisted his way out of the trap, and the paw was hanging by tendons by the time he got free.

Grit is now with the Animal Adoption Center in Jackson, WY, where they will treat him and find him a wonderful home.

Please help us keep track of nontarget trapping by reporting incidents on our website, and stay safe while recreating on public lands by knowing how to safely release a pet from a trap or snare. Always carry a snare cutter tool!





Grit’s new name is DOUG, given to him by his adopted forever parents, Dawn and Patrick!

“Good news that he’ll live happily ever after with me and Patrick! His name is Doug now and I adopted him today (Jan 10, 2022) … Just happy his story ends well.” Dawn Webster


Watch our full-length webinar workshop:
Download our Pet Trap Safety Brochure to your smartphone for access in the field:
Watch our 11-minute video: “How to Release Your Pet From a Trap”
Be Snare Aware! Learn all about these lethal snares:
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.

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 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 the 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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