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Hunting Dog killed in snare near Big Piney, December 16, 2021

A dog was strangled by a snare on public land, Wyoming.

On Dec 16, 2021, a hunting dog was brutally snared and killed on public land in Wyoming, at Spring Creek and BLM road 5328, at 1:30 PM. The Sublette County Sheriff’s Dept was notified, the killing snare returned (yes, the snare must be returned to the trapper), and WGFD was called to investigate. Warden Adam Hymas with the Big Piney WGFD determined that the trapper was in complete compliance with the regulations, snares set legally, check period, etc. WU is seeking additional information and will report soon.
Full incident report of Sublette County Sheriff’s Office

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