Just an FYI what was sent out as a public trail update for the Turnagain Area...
"The Forest Service received a report of traps set under trail bridges on the Iditarod National Historic Trail near the Muskeg Meadow trailhead – MP 72.5 of the Seward Hwy. I checked the report out yesterday and found the 2 traps that were reported, the first one had an ermine trapped in it, the trap was set under the bridge inside a white plastic bucket, the bucket was large enough for any dog to get into trouble, and the bucket would make it harder to remove this trap! The 2nd was same set-up, conibear trap (harder to release…esp inside a bucket), not sprung, ready for an animal to get caught.
These traps are between the Seward Hwy & Ingram Creek. There were signs of other traps set off the trail but I did not see any other traps.
Please share to prevent dogs from getting caught, share as much as possible!
FYI, it is totally legal for these trap to be where they are, but it goes against the trapper’s “code of ethics”, no. 3 which states:
“Promote trapping methods that will reduce the possibility of catching non-target animals.”
By placing traps on a recreation trail, this trapper is promoting a method that has a high likelihood of catching a non-target animals….your pet!"
And some folks on a facebook group are talking about "accidentally" washing them away in the creek or triggering them. If these are your traps... the location is now public knowledge and some folks sound like they want to screw with them....