How to Keep Dogs and Cats Safe from Traps
- Know when trapping season is. Check your state trapping regulations, maintained by state fish and wildlife agencies. However, still watch out for of traps set out of season or traps left behind after the season ends.
- Find out if trapping is allowed in the area in which you and your dog are walking — but, even if trapping is not allowed, still beware of illegally set traps. Remember, trapping is even allowed on many national wildlife refuges!
- Most states and municipalities do not require signs or warnings to be posted when/where traps are set.
- Keep dogs on leash.
- If walking or hiking in an off-leash park, keep dogs near trails and within visual site and verbal command.
- Remember that traps also can be set in water, in rivers and streams — especially near banks. So always check the area before allowing your dog to swim.
- Carry a smaller, extra leash (thick shoestring or small rope), which can be used to help compress the springs of a Conibear, spring-loaded, kill-type trap.
- Carry wire cutters strong enough to snip through the airplane-grade cable often used in snare traps (a Leatherman-style tool or normal wire cutters will not be strong enough to cut through steel cable).
- Keep cats indoors or create a cat-proofed fenced in yard. (There are companies who make these type of cat barriers, such as Invisible Fence.)