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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. 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!


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 must then 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 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.
You can politely reach out to:
Governor Mark Gordon
You can politely reach out to:
Wyoming Department of Agriculture
Director Doug Miyamoto
Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Director: Brian Nesvik
Wyoming Game and Fish Commission
President: Kenneth Roberts


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.
Please consider becoming an advocate and taking action! Join our newsletter and get involved. We need your help restricting these brutal steel devices from our public lands!
Stay safe, everyone!


  • Michael Miller

    I am concerned you guys are posting about an animal that is caught in an unfortunate event no doubt and using it for your own agenda. This dog was caught on tribal grounds. Those grounds are not governed by any State organization and nothing you are promoting in any way. Contacting Mark Gordon will not benefit you. Nor the commission. You don’t state that in your message about the dog. You also don’t state that the dog is a feral dog abandoned by his owners. You state that you think you know the property and the maybe owner didn’t want to save it. But that isn’t exactly the truth. If that is the owner of that dog, they have abandoned it months if not years ago. It is not a pet. You state the dog looked emaciated which means it was in the trap for four days or more in one statement. That is not true and more importantly not possible. A dog feral or pet for this matter cannot become emaciated in 4 days. It takes months to look in the shape it was in. Months in the wild with no life skills and no food. It had neither because it was abandoned and left for dead in the wild on the reservations months before it was ever caught in a trap. The event unfortunate there is no doubt about that. I don’t know what type of trapping gear the person was using but they obviously did not have it set up properly or really know what they were doing. I spend a lot of time with trappers on the reservation trying to teach them better ways of doing things. But the long and short of the story is the feral dog was caught in a sovereign nation under rules you cannot affect. But you post #public land #trapping reform and that the dog was there for 4 days. Why not post the facts? why not post your hatred for the person that abandoned the dog? why not look into how bad the issue of feral dogs is on the reservation? It is huge. There were more humans attacked by feral dogs on the reservation last year than there were dogs reported injured in traps in Wyoming. Dead serious fact there. Why not jump on that train?

    Please continue to post this information though. And by all means the next time we meet in a Game and Fish commission event bring this dog up and how you are trying to save it. Not one trapping rule or regulation are you pushing, or have you ever pushed would change that situation that the dog is in. Furthermore, if you were to get trapping completely banned in Wyoming you could still freely trap on the reservation.

    I know you will not respond to anything i send you. You basically refuse to comment to any questions asked of you. Which on one side i understand but it does leave the question why wouldn’t you. I mean why not answer a question? What would you be hiding for not answering?

    • Wyoming Untrapped

      Hi Mike,
      We rarely respond when we receive accusations of being dishonest. For the last ten years, we have taken the high road and will continue to do so. The public has a reasonable expectation of safety on our Wyoming landscapes, which means creating trap and snare setbacks off trails, trap-free areas, and 24-hour trap checks. We must all co-exist on our public lands. There are solutions.
      The WU Team

  • Michael Miller

    Why don’t you just tell the truth? If your cause is so moving and pwerful backed by science and what not like we hear why not tell the truth in this instance. Let folks make up their own mind about it. Just a thought. Always free for conversation but you never respond.

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