One of our neighbors called yesterday to let us know one of his dogs had gotten caught in a trap along the shore below his house.
“If one of your dogs goes missing, you might look there,” he said.
I wrote about this last winter when Dale encountered a trapper along our shoreline. We live along Corps of Engineers property and trapping for fur is allowed during the winter on these public lands.
Although he was well within his rights, the trapper picked up his traps when Dale told him there were homes all along this road, all of which have dogs.
Our neighbor said he had been running his dogs along the shore; it was an unusually nice day here, in the 70s.
Dogy (Dee-o-g) ran ahead and began to yipe. He was alright once our neighbor freed him, but the horrible screaming pain the dog was in while trapped is just a reminder of what any animal feels when caught in one of these inhumane devices.
As I wrote last year, we didn’t realize that trapping was allowed on public lands until my aunt moved here and one of her dogs was missing for two days until they tracked her wails to where her leg was caught.
Prior to that, we came down here boating and often tied up along the shores, allowing our miniature dachshund, Hershey, to explore the rocky shoreline.
When I wrote an article a few years ago about trapping, I found many reports of dogs being killed in traps set on Corps land, as well as in public parks that allow trapping.
This article details how a dachshund/chihuahua mix was killed on the first day of trapping season in Minnesota last fall. The little dog was being walked by a 6-year-old girl. I’m sure the horror of that incident will remain with the little girl for a long time and it’s just fortuitous that the girl wasn’t caught in the trap and injured.
We don’t participate in rifle hunting, although I see the purpose of it if people are going to eat the meat.
However, I just do not see the purpose of maiming and torturing animals for their fur, particularly when it is on lands where dogs, cats and other people might be walking.
Do you believe fur trapping should be legal on public lands?