Dogs, eagle among unintended victims of Southcentral trappers this winter

A Valdez city ordinance that requires trappers who set traps in the area to register them, put up warning signs and take a safety course has not been much enforced. But the city is reconsidering that inaction after a dog owned by city councilman Chris Moulton was caught by the neck in a trap set along a Keystone Canyon trail. With quick action from Moulton, the dog survived without permanent injury, the Valdez Star reports.


The ordinance was created after concerned citizens asked the council to create trapping regulations within the city limits that would minimize the accidental trapping of domestic pets that had occurred over the years and head off the possibility a person might fall prey to a trap. ...

After the incident, Moulton did a little research and discovered the city’s little known trapping ordinance. [Police Chief Bill] Comer said there is only one active trapper in Valdez that is properly registered with the city.

“What we’re doing is trying to get the word out,” on the city’s trapping requirements Comer said, noting the animal control officer and the city’s Dept. of Parks and Recreation will be working on bringing the educational portion to the town’s trapping community

Read Moulton's account of how he saved his dog at the Valdez Star: Trappers alerted to city ordinances after mishap

In the Cooper Landing area of the Kenai Peninsula this winter, tensions between dog owners and trappers are rising after two dogs from a musher's team were caught in traps.  From the Redoubt Reporter:

As Cooper Landing musher Robert Bear headed up to a major mid-distance sled dog race in the Interior [recently], he did so without two of his best dogs. Back at home were his two leads, sitting out this race, and others to come, due to injuries sustained after being caught in the bone-crushing clamp of a leg-hold trap early last month.

“One of the dogs lost its front right leg and the other part of its front paw,” Bear said.

This is the second time in two years he’s had a dog caught in a trap, although he was able to quickly release the dog the last time, he said. This time, however, was not so fortunate.

And in Homer, authorities are urging trappers to get educated about safety after a bald eagle was caught in a trap intended for lynx or coyotes. The eagle was released and appeared to have only minor injuries, reported the Homer Tribune.