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Duluth cop, in ‘last resort,’ tally shoots wolf that was hurt by snare (Minnesota Public Radio, February 2018)

"The snare was twisted off, and there was no identification, which snares have to be marked with identification on them. So there was not much left on this snare to be able to determine exactly what the scenario was that this snare was set," Murray said.

Maureen Hackett, founder and president of the wolf advocacy group Howling for Wolves, said woods around the state have snares that can catch more than wolves. "Banning snaring would be a step to reduce assaults on wildlife and pets," Hackett said in a statement. "It's time Minnesota joins the 20+ states that have already banned the practice of recreational snaring." In the case of the Duluth wolf, Murray said it was hard to tell how long the wolf might have been disabled by the snare.

Two Minnesotans charged in illegal trapping case that DNR calls 'biggest we've seen' in region (Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 2017)

A trapper with a long history of conservation violations and another Iron Range man have been charged with illegally setting hundreds of wire snares across a wide swath of northeastern Minnesota and taking at least one wolf, foxes and other wildlife. “It’s the biggest illegal trapping case, with the largest number of traps, that I have ever been a part of,” Lt. Brent Speldrich, a district enforcement supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in the Duluth area, said Wednesday. “It’s the biggest we’ve seen in this region.”

 

Black bear killed in northern Minnesota may have been captive at one time (Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 2018)

Garshelis said pathologists were able to delineate the profound swelling in the animal’s brain from the acute injury from the blast. He said the case involves two other mysteries: a swath of missing hair all around the bear’s neck and damaged rear claws.

On the neck, scar tissue was built up and hair follicles were missing in a complete ring ranging from 1 to 2 inches wide, Garshelis said. He said the distinct injury makes him think the bear had a snare or collar around its neck at one time.

3 dead wolves found dumped in northern Minnesota ditch; poaching suspected (Minneapolis Star Tribune February 18, 2016) 

The carcasses of three wolves “frozen solid” were found dumped in a ditch along a northern Minnesota highway in what conservation officials are confident is a case of poaching, federal authorities said Thursday.  “There appear to be marks from a snare on the necks of the wolves, but our forensics scientists are currently making [a] determination” into how the animals were killed, Shaw said.

How Minnesota refuses to save dogs being killed by trappers (Minneapolis City Pages, August 2016)

But Penni took her last breath after sticking her snout in a plastic box baited with meat. What's called a body-gripping trap exploded into action, crushing her trachea and probably fracturing the dog's spine. "She was dead before I even knew she'd been caught," he remembers. It's a conflict that flames anew every fall. Hunters take to the woods starting in September, trappers a month later when the season for raccoons, badgers, and foxes opens. Body grips remain the trap of choice for Minnesota's estimated 5,000 trappers. Not because they're more effective, but because they only have to be checked every three days, according to Reynolds, president of Dog Lovers 4 Safe Trapping MN. That sloth and the refusal to remedy it, he says, has already claimed hundreds of canine casualties over the years.

 

Howling For Wolves Calls to End Snaring in MN (Press Release from Howling For Wolves, February 2018)

Dr. Maureen Hackett, founder and president of Howling For Wolves, a Minnesota-based wolf advocacy organization, responds:  “Most people don’t know that hidden all over our woods are snares that trap dogs and wild animals alike, holding them in misery until their death. Our woods are just not safe. These barbaric and unselective wire nooses catch and maim whoever walks by. Banning snaring would be a step to reduce assaults on wildlife and pets. It’s time Minnesota joins the 20+ states that have already banned the practice of recreational snaring.”

 

Illegal Snare Injures Family Dog (High River, Can, March 6, 2018)

They're very dangerous tools, they are designed to trap and kill animals and they're very effective at what they do." He explains snares can also pose a threat to humans in certain circumstances. "We did a little research and we found a few instances in the past of children being caught in different snares, but that's very rare it's more common for animals and pets to be caught in snares.

 

Calls to ban snares after fox left to rot on farm in Stoke St Michael (Somerset County Gazette, UK) 

“…Police have admitted failings after the rotting body of a fox was left in a snare. The National Anti-Snaring Campaign made a complaint after the dead animal was left on a fence line adjoining a footpath on a Somerset farm…. He later claimed he could find no snares, but spoke to landowner Roger Heal, of Midway Farm, Stoke St Michael, who admitted he had forgotten to remove the decomposing snared fox, and would do so…”

 

Two dogs caught in coyote snare near Murray River (The Guardian: January 19, 2018) 

A wildlife conservation officer was called to the Murray River area Wednesday when a black collie and a husky were caught in a coyote snare. The collie was examined and appeared uninjured, according to the Humane Society. However, the husky sustained a neck injury but is recovering.

 

RSPCA outrage after snare trap causes “unthinkable suffering” to badger in Wymondham

A snare is a wire noose which is attached to a stake or heavy object that acts as an anchor. Inspector Emily Astillberry, who took the call, said: “Sadly it’s not the first time I’ve seen a beautiful wild animal caught up in a terrible trap like this, so I knew I needed to act quickly because the badger would be suffering immensely. “The caller had stayed with the badger after finding her at the side of the road and a vet came out straight away to help.” She added: “It breaks my heart to see animals like this suffer so much, and so needlessly. It’s possible she had been suffering like this for up to 48 hours, dragging the snare along with her. These wire traps can be made quite easily by people but they cause unthinkable suffering to animals.” The badger was so badly injured it had to be put to sleep to end the suffering.

 

‘Shepherd chewed off foot to escape trap’ (Mission City, CAN: January 2018)

A German shepherd that went missing before Christmas walked to its Maple Ridge home on Friday morning with a back foot missing. White bones protrude from the bottom of its leg, and veterinarians believe it may chewed its own foot off to escape a trap…..Finlay’s other dog, a Shepherd pup named Buddy, was caught around the neck in a snare of a style that tightens as its prey struggles. Buddy needed almost $2,000 worth of surgery and veterinary care. He had been lost for five days, and was found with cuts that circled his neck. “They basically had to put his head back on,” she said. “We call him Frankendoggie.”

 

Horrific pictures show how cat was nearly sliced in half after being trapped in cruel snare for almost two months (The Sun, February 2018)

When I got him I didn't realise how bad it was – not until I saw the pictures on social media and then I burst into tears."The black and white cat, which has been named Squire, is now being cared for at Inverness Cat Rescue after a 30-minute procedure to remove the trap. Squire is now recovering well after his 'horrific' two-month ordeal. Images show the snare – which is a loop of wire used to trap animals – tightly wound around the animal's middle, leaving it with a deep wound and permanently pinched waist.

 

Beware of Hidden Animal Traps on Public Lands (Public Service News: February 2018)

Mary Katherine Ray, wildlife chair for the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, said traps are only required to be 25 yards away from roads or trails, and a dog can easily find itself caught in a leg-hold trap or snare.
"Having a dog trapped is a frightening and traumatic experience," said Ray. "People universally say they don't know what's happened to their dog. People say they think a snake, they think some animal attacked it – that the dog is, basically, the word they use is 'screaming' – because when the trap slams shut, it's the equivalent to having your hand caught in a car door."

 

Public’s help sought in cruel and prolific animal snaring activity (Terrace Standard, February 2018)

“So far we have located dead grizzly bears, wolves and coyotes with evidence that moose are being caught as well. It’s beyond my comprehension why someone would think it is acceptable to indiscriminately snare our wildlife in such a callous calculated manner,” Sgt. Tracy Walbauer of the Conservation Officer Service said.

The locations identified so far have been semi-remote but Walbauer is concerned there may be traps closer to human habitation.

“That the person responsible for this has no regard for wildlife and the snares are poorly designed and illegal — those animals observed in the snares endured a great deal of suffering before death,” Walbauer said.

 

Pyrenees dies in snare on forest near Afton (Jackson Hole News, January, 2018)

An Afton woman is grieving the loss of a furry companion that suffocated in the clutches of a wire trapper’s snare set out for bobcats.

Christy Stewart was walking her two dogs Sunday a mile from her house on a Bridger-Teton National Forest trail that she has frequented four days a week for 20 years. Where she treaded on the Wickiup Trail early that afternoon is often crawling with locals. This time was no different.

“There were 20 kids up there playing in the snow, and there were 10 dogs, and there were my dogs,” Stewart said.

The romp through the snow in the company of neighbors took a turn for the worse when Sage, her 3-year-old Great Pyrenees mix, failed to return from the opposite side of a nearby knoll. Going to take a look, she found her dog’s lifeless body an estimated 30 feet from the trail, his head slung low above the ground hanging from a wire snare.