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Dog barely escaped snare incident, Vedauwoo, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, WY


DOG BARELY ESCAPED SNARING INCIDENT IN VEDAUWOO RECREATION AREA in the Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming near campground and climbing area on December 15, 2020. There are several snares remaining in the area, beware!

On Tuesday, December 15, 2020, a dog barely escaped being snared.  The owner and his dog hike in Vedauwoo weekly.

“Until I became a member of this group, I never knew that traps and snares were set in area we traverse all the time. Tonight we came across a series of snares about 20 yards of of Road 701E (about a quarter mile in from Happy Jack Road).

On top of everything else I carry in winter months, I now plan on packing a “trap defense” tool kit as well. What a shame it is I have to worry about me or my dog being snared on public land…

Laramie WGFD was notified but did not investigate.

Warning signs of trapping/snaring should be posted throughout Vedauwoo, followed by a permanent closure to trapping/snaring.
It’s time to end this senseless non-target trapping/snaring on this highly used public recreation area.

Location: 41.217,-105.333















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 UNtrap 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 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, 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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