A puppy was tragically caught and killed in a metal bear trap while walking on a trail in B.C. with its owners. The puppy was baited by the scent of a Conibear trap and ended up getting stuck in the trap, which was legally put up, according to The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals. Now, the association is calling out the B.C. government and petitioning for the laws regarding animal traps to be changed.
The animal that died was a 10-month old Australian Shepherd mix named Shasta. On Friday, November 23rd, Shasta was on a walk with her owners on the Trozzo Creek forest service road in B.C., which is a popular trail for dog walkers, when the tragic incident occurred.
While on the trail, the puppy caught the scent of the bait of a Conibear trap that was right by the service road, only a few feet away, and ended up trapped. Her owners were unable to get the trap off of the puppy's head and Shasta was killed within ten minutes.
They reported the incident to a conservation officer, who investigated and concluded that the trap was indeed legal, meaning there would not be any consequences, according to The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals. Shasta's owners did not know that there were traps in the area.
Now, after this incident, The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals is calling people to take action. They said that they are "calling on the government of British Columbia to immediately enact a trap warning sign system that requires trappers to post bright, visible signage at all access points when traps are within 20 metres of a street, service road, trail, pathway, or other publicly accessible area".
According to the association, this isn't the first dog to be killed by traps in B.C. "Traps kill several dogs in British Columbia every year," wrote the association. "They are frequently near publicly accessible roads or trails, baited, and unmarked. Residents who walk their pets or children along these roads have no idea that death and suffering waits just feet away – until it is too late".
The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals is now asking the public to sign and support their letter asking government officials to change the way traps are implemented in the province. The letter will be sent to the Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Doug Donaldson and the B.C. Premier, John Horgan.
To find out more about the incident or to sign the letter, you can visit the website for The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals.
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