Trapping Incidents

At Present, Trappers are not Required to Report Dogs Caught in Their Traps. We know of 80+ dogs that have been reported caught in traps in WY since 2000. Three of these, all belonging to the same family, died. Seven of the 80 were in Teton County. There could be many more out there, but no official record exists.

How to Release Your Pet from a Trap - Virtual Workshop

What you learn in this workshop may save your pet’s life.

Believe it or not, traps are allowed on almost all trails and public lands
across Wyoming. What you learn in this workshop may save your pet’s life.

In response to recent COVID-19 safety concerns, WU has worked diligently to offer this workshop virtually so that our communities will be safe, prepared, and educated this trapping season.

A properly set trap is very difficult to see and most are baited. In Wyoming, it is legal for trappers to set an unlimited number of traps on public lands, including on popular, heavily used hiking trails. Trapped pets may have only minutes to live once caught.

This workshop was made possible through the generosity of our supporters, the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, Old Bill’s Fun Run, and caring individual donors all over the country. We are grateful for every single one of you.

How to Release Your Pet from a Trap - 2014 (11-min video)

Be aware that traps are out there every day of the year in Wyoming! If you see a trap or your dog is caught in one of these devices, know what to do! You can reduce conflict by being aware of the recommendations in this video – it may save your dog’s life.

Trap Safety for Pet Owners

Keeping your dog safe is your responsibility. If a pet is caught accidentally in a trap or snare, it may be possible to remove it without injury. The key is to follow the steps outlined in this brochure quickly and calmly. You should understand how to remove a trap or snare before you head outside, but take this brochure with you for field reference. A dog or other animal caught in a trap or snare may be extremely agitated, and may try to bite those who come near. Your ability to reassure and calm your pet is critical to a successful release.

Download Trap Safety Brochure


2021 – Virtual Live Webinar
September 15 – Online – Presentation via Jackson

2020 – COVID reschedule – Rescheduled
September 23 – Jackson
September 24 – Cody
September 25 – Casper
September 26 – Laramie

November 23 – Jackson

May 2 – Dubois
May 3 – Pinedale
October 23 – Jackson
October 24 – Lander
October 25 – Rock Springs

September 13 – Jackson
September 14 – Lander
September 15 – Casper
September 16 – Cody

June 4 – Jackson
September 4 – Jackson

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First Wilson, WY workshop

When we broke the mold in Wyoming!

Wyoming Untrapped hosted our first trap release workshop in Wilson, WY on September 4, 2014. Dave Pauli, Director of Wildlife Innovations for the Humane Society of the US, showed participants how to protect/remove pets from traps/snares.

This workshop was made possible through the generosity of our partners: PAWS of JH, Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris, The Cougar Fund, Art Appraisals of JH, Humane Society of the US, Spring Creek Animal Hospital, and various individual volunteers and donors.

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Trap Release Workshop