"We heard our husky screaming in pain and got to her quickly – she was about 15 yards off the main trail. While we were getting her out of the snare, our lab who had followed us as we ran to assist Annie, got caught in another snare just a few feet away. Our husky had tried to get free, biting the snare and pulling back, so her leg swelled up and she had a cut in her mouth..."
"I had to carry my dog, foot and trap hanging, to the trail. I noticed another trap in the snow. I called friends who were coming along on snowmachines...They were able to get the trap off my dog's foot. ... that trap was set LEGALLY about 10 feet off the trail. The Palmer Trooper with whom I spoke told me that setting a trap IN a trail is legal ..."
"I frequent this park and often clean up trash and consider myself to be a park volunteer of sorts. A kid comes out the trail and asks if we are looking for our dogs. He was carrying a rifle, said he's checking traps..."
"All of us immediately lost and attempted to regain our composure long enough to remember what to do. All of us screamed. First in horror and more again in anger while we fruitlessly tried to squeeze the arms together with our hands as fear overpowered our rational thoughts..."
Charlotte was brought to VCA Emergency Animal Hospital in 2015 by someone who had discovered her in a trap located somewhere in the Wasilla environs. She had chewed a portion of her trapped leg off. She was taken to the Animal Shelter where the leg was amputated.
"By the time I got there she had a snare wrapped around her neck and had no pulse and no breathing... I did a series of chest compressions with no result. Finally my Friend came up and gave her a good uppercut punch to the diaphragm..."
"Cylas was caught in a wire snare and His leg is in very bad shape. Alpine wouldn't leave his side and stayed with him the entire time. [Editor's note: Five Days] He heard his owners calling and came to find them and lead them back to his buddy. Unbelievably loyal dog! Cylas is at a local veterinary hospital but they don't seem to be able to ascertain if the leg is viable..."
"Most people walking their dogs stop to let them drink from Spring Creek where this Conibear trap was set right along side the road. No flagging or warning signs of any kind to indicate there was trapping going on in the area. In the summertime many families let their children play in the water at this very spot. Very unnerving to think that I was standing in the creek throwing a ball for "Lukey" just two days prior..."
"Fox got caught in a neck snare right along side of the trail. Fortunately, I was right there and was able to free him before he was injured but what if he had been up ahead a little ways; it doesn't take long cause serious damage. My wife and I were stunned when we went to the animal shelter to report it and they said it was perfectly legal and didn't seem to think it was a big deal. I'm glad to see others are reporting their stories too..."
"...He was on the brink of death. The vet said he would not have made it through the night ... Franklin is a story of survival, determination to make it home, and sheer luck. He is the most loved and well trained dog we have ever had. He tracks, he helps retrieve ducks, does tricks, speaks and brings so much joy to our lives..."
"...they spotted an Eagle in distress on the river bank just upstream from Sportsman's Landing. The eagle's leg was caught in a legally set, 330 conibear trap. With much effort, Tom was able to compress both springs...It will almost certainly lose its leg, but hopefully it will heal enough to survive on its own."
"I kept picturing my husband, holding the hand of our three year old, trusting that he was safe while all the while there had been something hidden in the snow that could have seriously harmed him. This is one of those issues that I do not want to see ignored until a child or adult is harmed. I do feel like God protected my kids - and the dog."
"It was very lucky the snare was caught around his shoulders and one leg and not just his neck. Had it been around his neck he surely would have died. I was several miles from help and did not have a phone with me. After an hour of trying to drag him on my jacket a neighbor in a ranger found us and brought us home..."
It appeared that one trap caught and killed a cow moose and the second set caught and killed a calf moose. The two traps each had moose legs in them and other moose bones were scattered around the area. The owner of those trap sets is unknown.
Odie is one tough little guy. He may have lost a foot to a trap but he says "Heck, I've got three more." Current x-rays on Odie's leg show that it's doing OK but it is possible that he could need surgery and possibly amputation of that leg in the future.
"......dogs on leashes or in harness are caught frequently in traps too!!! I had just 3 such experiences over the last few years. 1. My dog got caught in a wolf trap, 1-3 inches next to my foot ... I stood next to the dog as she bounced into the air, full of pain, snapping at the trap to get her leg out, only to rip off her teeth on one side of her jaw - all this within a second or two..."
"We parked off Hollywood and started down a local MEA powerline easement trail close to our home. Being on an active Trapline was furthest from our mind. There was no signage, no markings. As far as I knew this was just a trail. Then without warning, Oshie, our 10 month old lab mix, screams out in pain and fear. As I approached I saw she had been caught in a foothold trap placed directly on the edge of the trail..."
"Otter is a sled dog. In 2008 I ran Martin Buser's puppy team to Nome in Iditarod. Otter was in that team. Otter then ran Iditarod in 2009 with Martin. When it was time for Otter to retire from racing Otter came to live with me and our other retired sled dogs. Otter will live out his days with us and I'm sure, as only dogs can do, he'll adjust to life on three legs."
Jim Maddry is a member of MAT-SAR, a volunteer search and rescue group based in the Mat-Su. In a training session with the dogs near the Menard Sports Center, he discovered a horrible truth about trapping...."What I learned is that if a trapper has a license, they can set their traps just about anywhere."
"I put my dog outside to attend to business before heading to bed for the evening. My dog, a two year old black lab, is a PTSD service dog in training. We have been through a lot and have an incredible bond. Much to my dismay, and out of character for him, he did not return when I called him inside shortly thereafter...The next morning, after a sleepless night, he returned, struggling and limping on three legs"
"...It was very hard to find him, despite the eerie cries from somewhere behind our home... Finally we found him, his front leg tightly held by the trap, blood surrounding the scene.... A surgeon worked to pull 5 broken teeth and remaining roots damaged as he tried to gnaw the trap from his leg. His lips were frost bitten from the cold steel. His leg was nearly de-gloved (skin stripped off). His leg was broken..."
"Only 30 feet from the trail, Rufus got caught in a full body trap that crushed him down to about 2 inches wide. I thought for sure he would die. He was in extreme agony and barely able to breathe. I'm a strong guy, but it was with very great difficulty that I was able to open the trap to free him, and it injured my hand in the process."
"There was trapping in the Millers Market parking lot areas by the Little Su. My dog and another friends dog were caught in snare type traps along the Little Su shore area."
"In 2008 my pet dog was found in a snare trap, which was only 15 feet off our subdivision rd ... "
"Von Braun, my beloved family member, suffered an unexpected and undignified death, neither quick nor humane. It's one thing to find a deceased animal in a trap, but it is quite another to watch as it happens to your own while you futilely struggle to save them ... only to witness their last and final breath. One minute full of life, minutes later - with no warning - dead at your feet. This is the cold and brutal reality of unethical trapping....
"He was frozen solid with his eyes open. He was probably running full speed when he hit the snare. No laws were broken. They threatened to track me down and shoot me after I complained on KSRM radio. This was so wrong in so many ways..."
"While returning from the campground, I was met by the same two women who were directly on the trail in front of me, pulling a large bag and were very upset... I followed their tracks approximately 150' down the unplowed portion and saw where they dragged the bag with their dog."