More people have come forward about their dogs being caught in traps at Island Lake State Recreation Area in Green Oak Township.
Green Oak Township resident Mark Timney reported an incident to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources involving his female German short hair pointerdog being caught in a trap there on Oct. 25. His dog was not on a leash, he said.
“When I reported it to the DNR hotline, the officer informed me that yet another dog discovered (but was not caught in) the trap earlier that morning. So it appears this is not a one-off incident. That area of the park is used daily by many people who train their dogs off the leash,” Timney said.
Timney also provided a photo of the trap, located about 50 feet outside of the Spring Hill mining operation near McCabe Road, which shows a chain-linked and clamp-like mechanism.
“Fortunately, I was able to release her,” Timney said.
He said he came back two days after the incident and the trap was gone.
“I’ve been walking my dog there for years and never encountered a trap,” said Timney, who said he continues to take his dog to the park.
The Green Oak Township Fire Department was called to an incident on Oct. 18 to get a trap open to release a dog caught in it, the department confirmed on Tuesday.
Brighton resident Jamie Tobbe said her dogs got caught in a trap in the park on Oct. 29 and although they were not hurt, were frightened after the incident.
Andrew Haapala, unit manager of Island Lake State Recreation Area, could not be reached for comment.
At the time of the incident involving Tobbe’s dogs, Haapala said the traps were put there legally and that trapping is legal on state-owned land.
In order to place a trap on state land, it must be marked with the name of the trapper and a Michigan Department of Natural Resources identification number.