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Public land should be safe and enjoyable for everyone to use, not just a minority of people who think trapping in a high traffic area is a good idea. This trapper had no business setting snares in this area. Even a dog on a long leash could easily get caught in one of these snares, so the argument that its all the owners fault is bull. Without wire cutters, an owner has no recourse but to watch their pet die. Snares are cheap, easily lost, and inhumane. At just a couple bucks a piece, its easy for an indiviudal to put out dozens of these devices and just as easy for them to forget where they put them all. I personally have found many abandoned snares while out hiking and hunting. They sit out there until something has the misfortune of walking into them, which all too often ends up being non-targe wildlife or pets. Snares really should be outlawed. At least a leg hold trap can be removed and a non target animal might stand a chance of living. Like many other things wildlife related, trapping has become a greedy, commercial enterprise. Most furs end up in markets in China or Russia, and its a shame we are marketing Wyoming’s wildlife in such a way. While there are ethical trappers (at least as ethical as this hobby can be) out there, they are few and far between. No one is making a living trapping, and the tired rhetoric that ranchers will go out of business if every coyote or fox in the state isn’t killed is a load of you know what. If a rancher wants to trap on their own land that’s their perogative, but setting snares on public land where they get to graze pratically for free is not fair to other users. Public lands are for everyone, not just the ag industry. If they are worried about coyotes eating lambs and calves, then perhaps they should think about where they leave them when they are small and vulnerable. Better yet, maybe they should go back to the old days and have someone stay out with the heards 24/7.

Yes, trapping is legal in Wyoming. This is a horrific incident showing the lack of public awareness on this issue. Traps can be placed anywhere on 85% of our public lands, including on trails. The only setback is 30 feet off designated public roads for snares and conibears. Predator trappers are not required to get a license. Trap sizes are unlimited. Trap check times for the snares in this incident can be up to 13 days! For legholds, up to 72 hours. If your companion animal is caught in a trap, the trapper is not responsible for injuries to your dog, or to you. Traps are indiscriminate, and studies show that more non-target animals are caught than target animals. G&F is not required to record pet trapping incidents, so there is not history of the numbers of pets trapped in our state. There is no requirement for signage warning of traps on popular hiking trails. Wyoming Untrapped, a newly formed non-profit is dedicated to creating a safe and humane environment for people, pets and wildlife by education and trapping regulation reform. Our website is a trapping resource, including videos, How to Release Your Pet From a Trap. http://wyominguntrapped.org/visual-media/. Know what to do if you pet is caught in one of these traps,,it could save you dog’s life! Wyoming Untrapped also offers Trap Pet Release Workshops to demonstrate how to release all traps. To save your dog’s life on public lands covered with traps, it’s important that pets are kept on a leash or under voice command at all times. However, traps can be located right on public hiking trails. Carry a wire cutters when hiking. Let’s begin the conversation: How do we prevent this tragedy in the future?