Mum appalled after finding ‘barbaric trap’ left on pavement on residential street

A bird was inside the trap – but it could have been a child

A mother who stumbled upon a ‘barbaric’ rat trap lying in the middle of the pavement with an injured bird stuck in it fears a child could have been hurt by the contraption.

Lisa Wright, from Great Hale, near Sleaford, made the gruesome discovery while walking her dog near the Orchard Close area of the village.

The 35-year-old is concerned it was deliberately left there to hurt a larger animal such as a cat or puppy – but it could have also injured a child if they had found it.

Mrs Wright said: “[My husband] opened the trap and the bird got out – it’s wing had come off and its leg.

The trap found on the pavement in Great Hale
The trap found on the pavement in Great Hale

“The street is full of kids, cats and dogs.

“My puppy is only 14 weeks old and the trap would have snapped his neck.”

The hairdresser said she was shocked to see the six-inch long trap lying in the pavement.

She believes the sparrow had only been in the trap a few minutes when she found it.

She said: “I think it would have killed the bird, but it went under the hedge.

“There was fresh blood on the trap too. I would have saved it if I could.

“The trap was big enough to kill my puppy and it could have injured a child.”

The inside of the trap found in Great Hale
The inside of the trap found in Great Hale

She said her husband was also incredibly upset by the incident.

She added: “It’s heartbreaking seeing it.

“I think it is being used for domestic pets rather than its intended purpose of rats.

“If it is being used for what I think then it does worry me.

“I am shocked about it, as we are all animal lovers down here, lots of people have pets. It’s barbaric seeing this.”

The government advises that traps like this, which are used for pest control, are legal but must be placed under cover.

The size of the trap
The size of the trap

On its website under pest control it states: “You must protect other animals from traps or poison you put down for pests by – placing lethal traps under cover or so that other animals and birds aren’t caught and preventing wildlife from eating poison you’ve put down.”

It also adds that people should get expert advice if they are unsure what to use.


Man charged after dog found in hunting trap near Troutman

A hunter was charged with animal cruelty last week after authorities said they found a dog caught in a hunting trap near Troutman for what appeared to have been several days.

Leghold trap catches domestic cat in Great Falls

Leghold trap catches domestic cat in Great Falls

City shelter trying to keep feline comfortable


It’s touch and go for a fluffly male cat rescued Friday on a Great Falls street with its front paw in the jaws of a steel leghold trap.

Gisela Hvamstad and her 14-year-old daughter, Danaya, were leaving home near the intersection of 24th Street North and 9th Avenue North at 7 p.m. Friday when they saw a cat in the middle of 24th Street.

“I’m trying to call the cat,” Hvamstad said. “It’s just staring at me.”

She initially thought that the cat had a snake. “I thought ‘ew,’ Hvamstad.

But Danaya jumped out of the car, phone in hand, to investigate.

“Her face just went like to sheer terror,” Hvamstad said.

A large trap was attached to the cat’s leg.

What initially appeared to be a snake was actually a chain attached to the trap, and the cat, described by Hvamstad as a “strong fighter,” had broken the chain away from whatever it had been attached to.

They ran into the house and grabbed some towels and tried to corner the cat, which was walking away with the large trap on its paw and attempting to crawl under a car.

“It was hissing,” Hvamstad said. “It was scared.”

Danaya threw a towel over the gray, fluffy male and scooped it up.

Hvamstad credits here “nosy” daughter for investigating the situation and then rescuing the injured cat.

Then they called animal control with the Great Falls Police Department.

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On Monday morning, the cat was at the Great Falls Animal Shelter.

Director Lynn Formell said she doesn’t know whether the cat, nicknamed “Bear,” will survive.

“We’re just trying to keep the cat comfortable at this time,” Formell said.

Trap Free Montana Public Lands, a not-for-profit that promotes trapping reform and trap-free public lands that learned about the trapped cat, has offered to pay the veterinarian bills.

“The cat’s leg is so badly mangled, I can’t believe it won’t be amputated,” said KC York, executive director of Trap Free Montana Public Lands.

The cat will surely need extensive medical attention, York said.

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In York’s experience, if there’s one trap set, there’s probably more.

“I hope it’s being investigated,” York said. “I hope somebody’s out there looking to see if there’s more (traps). And I hope this person’s caught.”

City ordinance prohibits use of leghold traps, York said.

A Facebook posting by Hvamstad on the cat that was shared by Trap Free Montana Public Lands reached 20,000 people in 24 hours, York said.

“It’s gone pretty crazy,” York said.

Hvamstad checked with the shelter Saturday and was informed that nobody had claimed the cat, which is not fitted with a microchip identifying the owners.

“He’s in a critical time,” she said.

Fur trapper charged with six misdemeanors after illegal beaver trap killed hiker’s dog in Utah canyon

While hiking in a canyon near Moab with his teenage owner last month, an Australian/pit bull mix got caught in a beaver trap.

The trap, designed to collapse on the body of the animals it catches, instantly killed the dog.

Investigators with the Division of Wildlife Resources tracked down the owner of the trap, which wasn’t modified to the state’s requirements.

On Feb. 11, the Moab teenager and her dog were hiking in Hunter Canyon, about 8 miles west of town. The dog ran toward a small stream, became ensnared in the trap and fell into the water, according to Wolford.

The trap killed the dog before the teenager had a chance to free her pet.

“Our hearts definitely go out to the young girl here, and her family, because they lost a family member. We understand that and we’re very sorry,” Wolford said.

The box-shaped trap in question — with a roughly 12-inch-square opening — should have been modified to prevent animals that aren’t the trap’s target from triggering it, Wolford said.

The trapper has been charged in Grand County Justice Court with six counts of unlawful methods of trapping, a class B misdemeanor. Three of the counts are for an unmodified trigger on the body-gripping trap. The other three are for having an unmarked trap.

The trapper has entered not guilty pleas and requested a bench trial, which is scheduled for April 11.

“It’s a very rare thing for something like this to happen,” Wolford repeated, adding, “but it does.”

Some 15 years ago, a fly fisherman’s dog was killed in a beaver trap near Kamas, in the Peoa area, he said. That dog and the one in Moab have been the only ones killed by traps “for a long time,” he said.

More common is dogs getting snared, but not seriously hurt, in leg-hold traps — for example, a wire loop that tightens, or the traditional trap with a steel jaw that snaps closed (those are required by law to include a spacer that creates a gap around the animal’s bone).

The traps sting and the dogs whine, but they aren’t permanently hurt, Wolford said, comparing the pain to getting a finger snapped up in a mouse trap.

Dogs are usually rescued, but he has heard stories of dogs getting trapped and then dying from something else, such as starvation or dehydration.

But that shouldn’t happen, Wolford said, because trappers are required to check their traps every 48 hours. Once or twice he has rescued a pet that had gotten stuck after the season ended in an abandoned trap someone forgot about.

Or, he has heard of dogs getting ensnared, then falling into streams and drowning.

Just over six years ago, a Sandy family’s dog drowned in the city’s Creekside Park after a different type of beaver trap snared the animal around the neck. The 4-year-old dog died, according to a 2012 Salt Lake Tribune story.

So far this season, Wolford said, he has freed one or two dogs from traps.

“This year has actually been pretty quiet,” he added.

Not every dog owner calls authorities when their pet gets trapped, if they can work the trap themselves. The DWR doesn’t keep records of how many pets it frees unless the trap was illegal.

But Wolford could say that during some fur trapping seasons, he has freed 10 to 15 dogs.

Between the season’s dates of late September to March or April (depending on the animal), trappers place traps on ledges, near streams and around big rocks and trees, according to Wolford.

There is no state regulation that requires trappers to stay away from hiking trails.

“We try to encourage our trappers to stay away from populated areas … but they don’t always do that. They have free choice to go wherever they’d like to go,” Wolford said. “All we can do is give them suggestions.”

He doesn’t want that to discourage anyone from going outside.

“We live in a great state and have a lot of awesome natural resources right by town,” he said.

Just keep your pets within sight, he added.

“You’ve got the hikers, you’ve got your hunters, you’ve got your trappers, you’ve got your fishermen,” Wolford said. “It’s important to recreate together.”


Furious mountain lion tries to MAUL hunter after being caught in trap

TERRIFYING footage shows the moment a mountain lion tried to maul a hunter after it became caught in his trap.

The video shows the deadly beast hissing wildly at the man as he approaches.

Its front paw is stuck inside the hunter’s cage and it begins writhing around in a desperate attempt to escape.

The fearless bloke tries to restrain the big cat with a noose, but it immediately attempts an attack.

Despite the clear danger of getting too close to the predator’s teeth, the man continues his efforts.

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He eventually manages to lift the noose over the mountain lion’s head and pins it to the floor.

It continues to claw wildly but the hunter keeps his cool and is able to release the trap.

The clip – filmed in Helper, Utah, US – ends with the cat running off into the wilderness.

The man later explained how he was setting traps for bobcats and coyotes and the mountain lion’s capture was a complete accident.

It’s not the first time some of nature’s most dangerous animals have tried to attack their human counterparts after being caught.

A wolf appeared to come back from the dead to attack a hunter after it was kicked in a heart-stopping video.


Bobcats are becoming a more common sight in Adams County. (WXIX)Bobcats are becoming a more common sight in Adams County. (WXIX)
ADAMS COUNTY, OH (FOX19) –Bobcats are becoming a more common sight in Adams County.

The pictures associated with this story have been captured on various trail cameras throughout the county and now, there are talks to open a bobcat trapping season.

If you don’t have small animals, there isn’t much of a concern for you. But for those that do, lurking in the woods throughout the county are bobcats that are after a meal. This can cause some concerns for farmers.

“It’s very frustrating for the farmers because right now there’s no legal way to possess or eliminate a bobcat in the state of Ohio. So, when they have these nuisance calls, there’s really not much they can do about it,” said state wildlife officer Scott Cartwright.

Meanwhile, bobcats will attack small animals in the city — that means small dogs or cats. To the rural communities in Adams County, that extends to include chickens.

Cartwright won’t officially call the bobcats a problem in Adams County, but rather more of a mystery.

The five-year wildlife veteran does say they need to know much more about the population that boomed in the early 2000s.

“Right now in Zone B, there’s 5,581 sq. miles and we’ve proposed to harvest 20 cats by trapping,” Cartwright said.

A trapping season — opposed to a hunting season — means the animals will be killed once they are trapped, not hunted in the wild. That image can be disturbing for animal rights advocates.

“It does bring some negative feelings but our trappers, among many other things, they’re a management tool. We’re going to learn a lot from the carcasses that they bring in and we’re going to see how our population is doing and see what we need to do in the future to manage it,” said Cartwright.

The newly proposed season will open in November and require trappers to get a hunting license and a few permits before they can set their traps.

“There’s so much more to learn. Right now, Ohio University is conducting a study for us. So, the carcasses that are caught this trapping season are going to be going to them for a little more research,” said Cartwright.

The permits trappers will need are a special bobcat trapping permit and a fur takers permit — that’s the benefit for the trapper here is they do get to keep the fur. Once 20 bobcats have been trapped the Wildlife Office will let anyone who applied for a permit know the season is closed.

This Adorable Cat Was Stuck In Agony By Inhumane Trap For A Week Before He Was Saved

Only months ago, Drei was a stray cat who had to find food wherever he could, living wild in Vermont. But hunger wasn’t the only thing the poor feline had to deal with. Drei had the bad luck to fall into a cruel trap, which could have killed him.


 Source: BEVS


The “Conibear” is a kind of trap which has been very controversial, with many saying that it causes unnecessary pain to the animals trapped in it. It consists of a metal mechanism that closes on the animal’s body when it tries to get at the food placed inside it.


It is supposed to kill the animals it catches, but doesn’t always do so instantaneously, meaning that the poor creatures caught in it can be left in agony for hours or even days before they die, if they do at all.


Drei was found caught in a Conibear about a week after specialists think he was first trapped. Surprised that the little cat had survived so long, they rushed him to a veterinarian. Unfortunately, it was too late to save one of his paws, which was mangled beyond repair.


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But Drei was determined to survive. Despite his suffering and the amputation, he has proved to be a very affectionate and loyal cat, who quickly found a forever home with an employee at the veterinary clinic he was treated at, Burlington Emergency Veterinary Specialists (BEVS). Now he can forget his hard past on the streets and instead curl up, safe at home with his new family and friends.


Despite the pain and suffering these inhumane traps cause, they are still legal in the United States and the laws about who and where you can use them are vague. Although they are mainly used to get rid of animals considered ‘pests’, the reality is that they catch far more than their intended victims, including pets who stray into them by accident.


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Overall, nearly 4 million animals are caught in traps every year in the U.S., found a study done by Born Free USA, among them many dogs and cats.


The organization has reached out to urge the public to not buy fur products (most trappers claim that they trap to sell the animals’ pelts) and to find out the trapping laws in their own states.

Urgent: Bobcats’ Lives Are on the Line in Ohio!

Although bobcats are native to Ohio, hunting and habitat destruction in the late 1800s and early 1900s nearly caused these majestic animals to disappear from the state. In 1974, their numbers were still so low that the species was added to Ohio’s first endangered species list. Bobcats are a keystone species, meaning that their absence significantly affects the stability of the ecosystem in which they live. Despite this, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is considering a rule change that would allow bobcats to be trapped and hunted. These animals desperately need your help!

The DNR is accepting public comments on this proposed rule change until Monday, March 5. Please visit the comment submission page, scroll down to reach the form, and follow these instructions:

·         Next to “Do you have a comment on a specific rule?” click “Yes.”

·         Next to “Select the proposed rule change you are commenting about,” select “1501:31-15-09 Hunting and trapping regulations for furbearing animals.”

·         Carefully enter your contact information into the form.

·         Write a comment urging the Ohio DNR to eliminate this proposed rule change and keep bobcats protected.

·         Click “Submit.”

Please share this alert with all your friends in Ohio and urge them to take action. Thank you for your compassion for animals!


Kristin Rickman
Emergency Response Division Manager
Cruelty Investigations Department
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Teen’s dog killed in illegal beaver trap near trailhead

    Thursday, February 22, 2018 .

    It all happened so fast that there was nothing Ali Hirt could do to save her dog Stoic earlier this month when he was fatally caught in an illegal beaver trap in Kane Creek.

    But the Grand County High School student is determined to help prevent similar tragedies from occurring by raising awareness about the potential threats of wildlife traps in popular recreation areas near dog-loving Moab.

    “I’d just like Moab to have to think about it – that there is this danger out there – and I would like trappers to consider the risk they’re putting everyone at when they’re setting these traps,” she said.

    Hirt, whose grandfather is a trapper, sees no reason why trappers should be placing the devices so close to the city limits.

    “I feel like there should be something done about restrictions as to where (someone) can set a trap, especially near such populated areas,” she said.

    Hirt adopted her 2-year-old Australian shepherd/pit bull mix and his brother Neko from La Sal when they were old enough to be taken away from their mother. She remembers Stoic in particular as a super-happy, “really loyal” and goofy canine companion.

    “He was very special to me,” she said. “He was my best friend.”

    Since she first took them in, Hirt and her dogs had gone just about everywhere around Moab, but she singled out the Kane Springs area as her favorite place to hike.

    With two of her friends in tow, they set off for the area on Saturday, Feb. 10, parking her van near the mouth of Hunter Canyon.

    They had been hiking for perhaps less than a minute when Stoic – who loved the water – went straight toward Kane Creek. Almost immediately, he began to struggle; Hirt’s first thought was that he was somehow entangled in a coat hanger.

    When it became clear that he was stuck in a trap, she and a friend jumped in after him and tried to pull it off, but it was too late: Within a minute, Stoic was dead.

    Hirt and her friends were in shock; she couldn’t imagine that they would encounter a trap in a place that she visits so often.

    “I never thought I’d ever have to worry about something like this, especially in Moab,” Hirt said. “It’s something you shouldn’t have to worry about.”

    A couple heard them screaming, and a man carried Stoic back to her vehicle.

    With no cell phone service in the canyon, Hirt and her friends had to drive all the way to Matheson Wetlands before she was able to report the incident; she eventually took a Utah Department of Natural Resources officer back to the scene.

    State wildlife officials subsequently set up surveillance cameras in the area and identified the trapper; they also found three additional traps nearby, according to Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) Lt. Ben Wolford.

    The trapper, who has not been publicly identified, has a license to trap fur-bearing animals. But the trap that killed Stoic was not legally registered, according to Wolford.

    “This particular trap did not have a register number on it, and that’s where the violations came in,” he said.

    As of Tuesday, Feb. 20, Wolford could only say that the DWR is pursuing a charge of “failure to tag.”

    “But we’re still looking at other things,” he said.

    Wolford said the suspect will likely be charged with class B misdemeanor offenses – although no charges had been filed in Grand County Justice Court as of Wednesday, Feb. 21.

    “I don’t think there are formal charges yet, but there could be (this week),” he said.

    No laws against trapping in season

    While there are no state laws against beaver trapping in most areas during the fur-bearer season, the division strongly recommends that trappers avoid setting traps near trails that hikers and dog walkers use frequently.

    “It’s not illegal, but we do encourage trappers to stay away from areas that are frequented by trail users and others who are out to enjoy natural areas,” Wolford said.

    The current trapping season for beavers in Utah began on Sept. 23, 2017, and it’s scheduled to end on April 4.

    Usually, Wolford said, trappers try to stay away from more populated areas because beavers are less common there. But during the season, hikers, dog walkers and others may encounter traps around ledges, rocks and some waterways, he said.

    “It is trapping season, so there is a higher risk of them running into traps out there,” Wolford said. “We want people to be aware that this is a possibility.”

    Although it’s legal today, beaver trapping is somewhat anachronistic in the 21st Century.

    “It’s not like it was in the olden times when it was sustenance for food and trading and stuff like that,” Wolford said.

    Tens of millions of beaver once occupied streams and other riparian areas across the West, but trappers decimated their numbers in the 19th Century. The species’ population across North America has since rebounded to an estimated 10 to 15 million individuals.

    Today, not many people in Utah trap beaver, unless particular “nuisance” animals are damaging canals or other agricultural infrastructure. In this instance, Wolford said, there were no reports of nuisance animals along Kane Creek or Hunter Canyon.

    “Down in that area, there wasn’t any issue like that,” he said.

    Wolford said the suspect used a “kill trap” that was designed to suffocate animals.

    “They’re a very powerful trap,” Wolford said. “You usually need a special tool to open them up.”

    While there are other ways to open such traps, Wolford said it’s much harder for someone who is not familiar with them to remove the devices. The likelihood that anyone could rescue an animal in time to save his or her life is remote, he said.

    Hirt said the springs on the trap were so strong that the device had to be sawed off Stoic’s neck, and it disturbs her to imagine what could have happened under another scenario.

    “It could have been a kid; it could have been one of my friends, and there would have been nothing that we could have done (to help),” she said.

    Leashes not required at most BLM sites

    U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Public Affairs Specialist Lisa Bryant said her agency requires visitors with pets to leash their animals at established campgrounds and designated recreation sites. But leashes are optional in other areas that the agency administers, she said.

    In places where leashes are required, Bryant said, the BLM does post signs at trailheads and campgrounds. But Bryant said it would be impractical to install signs at other locations, so the BLM works instead to raise public awareness about the potential threat of wildlife traps, and encourages people to leash their dogs.

    “We usually approach it more through a general education campaign,” she said.

    Unfortunately, she said, BLM officials have no way of knowing where wildlife traps are, either.

    “So we don’t have any ways to manage that,” Bryant said.

    But the agency is always open to suggestions about ways it could reduce the odds that something similar will happen again, she said, extending the agency’s condolences to Hirt and her family.

    “It’s horribly, horribly unfortunate, and our hearts do go out to the pet owners,” she said. “For many people, pets are family members.”

    Sport of fur trapping helps with the beaver problem

    This week I want to explore a different sport than one that involves around a ball: the sport of trapping.

    The first question that many might ask is trapping a sport? Yes, it is a sport that is licensed and regulated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife in the same manner that they regulate bass fishing or deer hunting.

    However, trapping as a sport, like many hunting activities, is in a serious decline and this is having an impact on our local beaver population.

    Animal trapping or trapping is defined as the use of a device to remotely catch an animal. My focus is on the topic of fur trapping, which has become a hot topic in the western Kentucky coalfields.

    From a historical perspective trapping was done for a variety of reasons including for food, fur trade, hunting, pest control and wildlife management. Trapping in this portion of the state includes trapping animals such as beavers, coyotes, bobcats, mink and muskrats.

    Historically trappers in Kentucky hunt for two primary reasons: 1) the fur and 2) control the nuisance of certain animals such as the nuisance trapping we now see for coyotes here in Hopkins and Webster counties.

    Locally, fur trapping hit a revival in late November and early December in Hopkins County under the leadership of Frank Williams, the Second District Commission member for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.

    Williams recently noted in a speech to the Madisonville Lions Club, “I was getting a tremendous amount of complaints from property owners, farmers and other individuals of the tremendous damage that beavers were doing in Western Kentucky, particularly in Hopkins and Muhlenberg counties.”

    Williams pointed out that the beaver population has exploded in our area and that there was a tremendous amount of damage to county roads, crop land and timber.

    In fact, the Hopkins County Road Department estimated over a three-year period it has spent over $100,000 in replacement of gravel and grade work due to beaver damage.

    With this tremendous damage occurring, Williams solicited the help of the United Trappers of Kentucky. This group is a statewide sportsmen’s organization of Kentucky fur trappers whose primary goal is the enhancement of trapping as a sport.

    Unfortunately, trapping as a sport has been in tremendous decline. In the late 1980s there were over 4,000 licensed trappers in Kentucky.

    Williams noted, “Currently we are selling about 2,200 trapping licenses a year but we estimate only about 500 active trappers.”

    After Williams called, the United Trappers of Kentucky under the leadership of President Chet Hayes and Vice President Steven Rickard assembled a group of volunteers to come to Hopkins and Muhlenberg counties. Because of the success in beaver trapping here the group will go to Union County this March.

    During the period of Nov. 26-28, 2017, the United Trappers of Kentucky harvested 186 beavers and Hopkins County Fiscal Court employees harvested another 20 for 206 trapped beavers.

    Williams and the local road department, farmers and property owners were very pleased and it is hoped that this will spur some interest in fur trappers returning next year.

    Williams noted the crux of the problem of an exploding beaver population is based upon the price of beaver pelt.

    Williams stated, “A beaver pelt today will sell for between $10 to $12 whereas 20, 25 years ago it sold for $35 to $50.”

    There is still a market in Russia for beaver pelt but it has declined.

    In fact, the market for other fur has also declined, with raccoons averaging $5 a pelt, muskrat about $3 a pelt and the once very expensive mink is now about $8 a pelt as most minks that are used in mink furs are today grown in mink farms in Israel.

    The decline in the price for the pelts along with the general decline in hunting has caused a tremendous decline in fur trappers and therefore led to many of the problems we are seeing today with beavers.

    Williams has a basic solution to the beaver problem stating, “We need to have a subsidized program of some manner to encourage fur trapping as a sport and have fur trapping come back as a popular sport. If there are trappers out there, they will control the beavers and in the long run this will help road departments, taxpayers, crop owners and timber land owners.”

    Whether we live in a city or in rural parts of western Kentucky beavers and fur trapping can have an economic impact on us.