I know it’s holiday season and everything, but my recent fascination with unique Adirondack hazards forces me to mention another tragic story. Trapping animals has been a traditional activity here for hundreds of years, and was one of the primary reasons White Man even became interested in what was otherwise a “useless” wilderness. Seems there has been some problems with the traps. A couple out walking their dog down in Lake Luzerne last week witnessed a most disturbing scene.
Nobody would ever accuse me of being a pet-lover. I’ve had my share of problems with owners that don’t control or clean-up after their domesticated “companions”. I do see a potential problem with hidden traps in public areas frequented by large numbers of recreationalists. That dog could have easily been my leg or one of my kids. Is this a regulatory issue? That’s something we don’t need around here, more regulations. But how are we going to address this issue as this inevitable conflict will continue to grow?
Dog is having its day – Owners of dog killed in trap were pushing for legislation that is already in motion
DEC Reminds New York State Residents of Hunting and Trapping Seasons
All New Yorkers Are Urged To Take Precautions and Be Aware Of Their Surroundings
(11/30/2006) — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today advised people who hunt, hike or recreate on State lands to be aware that several hunting and trapping seasons are taking place and to follow safe practices while participating in outdoor activities.
Licensed hunters in New York State are required to take a hunter safety course, which has significantly reduced the number of hunting related injuries. Last year was New York’s safest hunting season in history. Incidents involving non-hunters during hunting season are extremely rare. Trappers must also take and pass DEC’s trapper education course which teaches responsible trapping practices.
Big game, trapping, and other small game hunting seasons are now open in many areas of New York State. Pet owners should be aware that traps legally set to catch furbearing animals such as fisher or raccoon, could pose a threat to unattended pets. Pet owners should keep pets under their direct control or on a leash in hunting areas during these seasons to prevent trap encounters. New York State hunting and trapping season dates can be viewed in the 2006/07 Hunting and Trapping Guide on the DEC website.
Trappers are also reminded to use good judgment in selecting areas for trap placement, avoiding areas frequented by pets, and staying away from hiking trails. In addition, trappers are encouraged to use dog-proof trap sets. These sets include placing traps out of reach of dogs through the use of running pole-sets, or the use of dog-proof cubby sets. These techniques are covered in the DEC Trapper Education course and more information can be found at Trapping in the 21st Century (pdf). Bait selection can also aid in attracting only the desired species. For example, use of non-meat bait such as fruit or marshmallows, if targeting raccoons, will make a set unattractive to many pet species.
Trapping in New York (NYSDEC)