May 21, 2021 – Casper Star Tribune Guest Column
Wyoming Untrapped: Beware of hazards on public lands
In Wyoming, we need our space and the freedom to roam on our public lands. Increased visitation and development is sending us further afield in search of solitude. We are blessed to have such a spacious state. However, we are faced with increased hazards almost anywhere on our public lands as dogs and other “non-target” species are trapped and snared.
Traps and snares can kill your pet, and it’s legal under Wyoming law, even directly on public trails. More than 80 Wyoming dogs have been reported trapped unintentionally since 2010. Some of those died with their owners desperately trying to save their lives. Without the right equipment and information, they never had a chance. Trap release preparedness is part of being responsible for the safety of your dog and anyone else who’s with you.