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Dog, caught in snare, North Buford Road-state school trust land, Fremont County,WY

North Buford Road-state school trust land, Fremont County, WY

“We were starting a hike, parked on the North Buford Road separating parts of the state section on the South Fork of Crow Creek, and my 4 Vizslas immediately bolted to the east along the creek. My dog let out a blood-curdling howl and we raced to find him in a snare. Wire cutters saved the day! This snare was close to the 30′ legal setback, but many others weren’t. One snare was 10′ off the road.

Cable snare trap clearly placed in narrow corridors, on trails, and under logs.

My dog stopped fighting when the snare tightened and allowed us to clip the cable. Further investigation revealed at least a dozen snares along the next 1/8th mile east of the North Buford Road along the South Fork of Crow Creek. Every snare was legally tagged, but a few were definitely closer than 30′ from the road. Obviously, this trapper doesn’t care about how many people and dogs are in this area. One homeowner in the area saw us and said they had no idea of trapping activity.

Too many of us are unaware. My grandkids are the perfect size for getting into one of these snares. End the carnage!

Reform trapping laws on these high traffic areas! ”

Please please be aware that these horrific snares and traps litter our landscapes. The WGFD is actively addressing possible trapping reform.  Visit for ways you can get informed, get involved and advocate for change. Trapping reform advocate numbers are growing on a fast-track, and we need YOU to join this movement for a future where inhumane trapping is unimaginable.

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 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.

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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