Most trappers avoid using traps near heavily used recreational trails and use common sense where they set traps. But, there’s always a chance a dog can get caught.
Idaho Fish and Game has two videos with tips on what to look for to avoid traps and what to do if a pet gets caught.
Some traps and trap sets can be easy to spot if you know what to look for. However, many traps can be hard to see. The video “How to recognize and avoid wildlife traps while walking your dog” will help you make decisions about whether to keep your pet on a leash in certain areas.
A second video describes the types of traps and snares you could encounter and provides instructions on how to quickly release a dog. Both videos and a brochure are available on Idaho Fish and Game’s website.
Tips to avoid traps
▪ Look for posted signs that a trapper might be setting traps in the area. If you see a trap, assume there are more around.
▪ Assume that trapping is being done in areas where you see beaver, fox, coyotes and other fur-bearing animals.
▪ Keep your dog on a leash in areas where you suspect trapping.
▪ If your dog gets caught, cover it with a coat or jacket, which should help keep it calm so you can quickly remove the trap.
▪ Take safety gear: It’s a good idea to carry a small first-aid kit, gloves and a multi-tool while hiking to help your dog.
Statesman staff contributed.