Promoting education, the best available science, and non-lethal alternatives to trapping that foster responsible stewardship and respectful coexistence with wildlife.
Lost overnight in a trap in the frigid cold, the dog's paw amputated
February 17,2018 - Plentywood, MT
Another dog in Montana, the victim of trapping. Lost overnight in a trap in the frigid cold, the dog's paw had to be amputated.
Owners, too, pay the emotional and financial costs. Unlike most wildlife, trapped pets often have someone who cares and can legally help them, if they are fortunate.
Trappers are now required to report within 24 hours any dogs they trap other than their own. However, they don't have to check their traps for days or weeks unless set for wolves. They also don't have to assist the dog in any manner.
Recently, we were reminded of a Montana trapper who shot and killed an innocent dog stating he was sick of finding dogs in his traps. He had other options but chose to kill instead.
Do you know to check with the area FWP office if you dog is missing as it could have possibly been trapped or snared?