From: John Zucconi, Palmer, Alaska
January 17, 2015


Does this look like wilderness to you? [click to enlarge]

“This was 3 or 4 years ago in Crevasse-Moraine on the western trail that is now closed. We were walking our two dogs, Arrow and Fox when 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. I see now how fortunate we were that Fox was not seriously injured. Personally, I think that if people see traps or snares in inappropriate places they should remove them. If trappers keep finding the traps missing maybe they’ll get the message and go out into the back country where trapping is appropriate. I know that trapping is a tradition in Alaska but from what I remember the old trappers got as far away from people as they could so that they wouldn’t be bothered. Lets keep that tradition alive.”