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Nontarget Trapping Incident Report

Reported: Dec 02, 2009
Location: Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Species: Dog
Trap Type: Kill
Incident Date: Nov 21, 2009

Victim's Disposition: injured
Victim's Name: Lucy

Legal Action: unknown
Result: n/a

Summary: A retired sled dog survived with minor injury the crushing jaws of a conibear trap set less than 10 feet off a trail near town. A woman who was training a second dog team for her kennel partner (signed up to run the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in March) noticed that Lucy had broken her chain and was following the team. The woman let the dog run loose and then, less than two miles from residential areas, heard Lucy start screaming. Lucy was roughly seven feet off the road, lying on her side still screaming, having stumbled into a trap set in the crook of a tree root. Slammed on her neck was a large conibear trap. The woman couldn't free Lucy from the trap and set off with the team to get help. Lucy spent more than an hour in the trap before the kennel partner and a third friend arrived with bolt cutters and released her. A Fish and Game technician said the trap was legally set but questioned the experience of the person who set it.

Source: Anchorage Daily News; Peninsula Clarion

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