Residents upset after pets injured by traps meant for pests

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IVINS, Utah – Pet and pet owners have been injured by traps meant for coyotes, and now the city council is being asked to intervene.

Ivins sits up against rural areas of Washington County, and coyotes have been known to roam the area. However, traps meant for the coyotes have become dangerous to others in the area.

Those who have approached the city council said at least one woman had a dog step on a trap on a commonly accessed walking trail, and they said the woman was injured as she tried to free her pet from the trap.

City council members are considering an ordinance relating to trapping, but they are taking time do research and have discussions.

FOX 13 News’ Zach Whitney has more on this story, see the video above for his report.

2 comments

  • Stephen L. Clark

    We are having the same problems in Ogden Valley. Several dogs have been caught in traps. There needs to be some changes made on where traps can be placed in areas that are heavily used by hikers.

    • Christy Edwards

      Steven,

      It seems almost epidemic. Within one month, I have spoken to 16 people that have had negative encounters with traps in commonly hiked areas. I am interested in calling this to the attention to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. In the Furbearer Guidebook it is suggested that “…trappers have an ethical obligation to not set traps in areas where they are likely to be encountered by the general public or their pets.” There is, however, no penalty for doing so that I know of.

      As well as encouraging anyone that has had such an experience to share their story with BornFreeUSA.org.( http://www.bornfreeusa.org/database/trapping_incidents.php ) They collect “non-target” statistics on trapping and the only resource for this that I have found.

      We really need to arrive at a solution to the risk that trapping posses to the unsuspecting recreational hiker, children and their pets. Do an internet search on “properly bedded trap images” to get an idea of how invisible they are to the human eye.

      Please pass this along to anyone you know that can add a voice to the concern we have about this safety risk.

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