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    Default Releasing a dog from a trap

    This link was on another dog site. It seems like a good time to review how to release your dog from a trap.

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    Thanks for posting. That's a well done description of releasing a trap. The only think I would add is that you can use the dog's leash to compress the springs instead of carrying around a couple long boot laces as the article suggests. Of course if you're wandering in trapping country, it's best to maintain good control of your dog. And carry some 550 cord in your gear (it's good for more than just releasing traps).
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    also though it would be nice if all trappers posted the trail they create for trappipng... many do not for theft issues..

    keeping an eye out for side trails and bits of flagging or marking that may indicate a trap line is a big step in preventing your pet from getting into trouble..

    it seems every year the kids and i make a snare line for hare... the neighbors find it and use it for hiking. learning to recognize those trails it important
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    ATA's held some public awareness seminars over the years, but also available have a video available -

    Sharing Alaska's Trails DVD

    No one wants to see a dog caught in a trap intended for a marten or a wolf. But it happens every year. Many of Alaska's communities are adjacent to prime wildlife habitat. Trappers are drawn to these areas, as are dog walkers, snowmachine riders and hikers. Some residents close to these areas allow pets to roam free, and pets sometimes wind up in traps.
    To address this issue, the Alaska Trappers Association has produced a 30-minute video, "Sharing Alaska's Trails."

    The video doesn't show dogs caught in traps, or feature any footage that pet lovers might consider disturbing. It doesn't promote trapping, but deals with the practicalities of sharing the trails.

    The video highlights signs that a dog walker might see if he or she was near a trap line, such as survey tape or flagging and piles of bait. Trappers sometimes post notices alerting others to the presence of their line.
    The video grew out of trapping-awareness seminars the ATA has delivered in various Alaska communities. As time progressed, it became apparent that more outreach was needed. It's not always feasible to have a warm body in place to speak to groups in Alaska's far-flung communities.
    Some groups request that an ATA representative show the video, then answer questions, and others just want the DVD.

    Anyone wishing to request a seminar from the trappers association or to view the DVD can call 907-457-1774 or e-mail There is no charge for borrowing the DVD.

    ATA lets them out for about 30 days, and asks folks to send them back. Folks also have the opportunity to purchase them if they want one to own. $15.00


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