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Daily Subscription Msg 21 Posted: 06:40 PM 10/26/12 (CST)
Dave Orrick did a fantastic job researching the issue of body grip traps and dogs.

http://www.twincities.com/outdoors/ci_21812576

He contacted states that are ahead of MN in protecting dogs from body grip traps and those states reported NO REDUCTION in fur harvest when they protected dogs from dying in body grip traps.

That contradicts virtually everything the MTA has been telling us. No surprise there because the extremists within the leadership of that organization have taken the position of "don't give an inch" regardless of how many dogs are killed each season. Then when dogs are killed some trappers quickly start blaming the dog owner for not having the dog on a leash just like some are doing to this little girl whose dog was killed last Saturday. http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_21854559/weekend-dog-death-highlights-dangers-small-traps-too

We trappers have been catching fur without the use of body grip traps on the ground for centuries AND for animals such as coon, fisher and marten they work very well when placed 5' off the ground. Footholds are more effective for catching bobcats than body grip traps but require daily checking. Trappers in other states have no problem doing checking their traps daily. Why can't we?
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Daily Subscription Msg 22 Posted: 06:07 PM 01/01/13 (CST)
In 2012 at least 14 dogs were killed in body grip traps in MN. The latest was this past Sunday near Brainerd.

Seven of those 14 dogs were killed with the new regulations in place. They didn't even slow the slaughter of our dogs despite the MTA reps telling legislators that this would stop the killing. They knew it wouldn't but chose to take the "Don't Give an Inch!!!!" position.

That cost the lives of at least 7 dogs but given that many dogs simply disappear into the brush when killed in a body grip trap the number is probably double or even triple. Many dog owners quietly bury their dogs and hang up their guns when it happens to them.

The main reason that the trappers who use body grip traps for bobcats give is convenience. Body grips only have to be checked every 3 days so it is more convenient and less work for the trapper. In other words it's convenient to kill our dogs in MN.

Dog Lovers 4 Safe Trapping MN is going to put an end to the slaughter and we will not go away until we fix this unnecessary problem.
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Daily Subscription Msg 23 Posted: 06:15 AM 05/02/13 (CST)
Here's a letter that appeared in last weeks Outdoor News. It shows the frustration that hunters are feeling towards trappers who refuse to stop putting body grip traps on the ground.



Trappers continue to kill pets and hunting dogs and yet a trapper writes he’s “shocked” that hunters and fisherman want to divorce themselves from trappers. Hello, anybody home? He says we should stand together, which really means, trappers should be able to do whatever they please and the rest of us should just accept that they will kill some of our dogs every year. The odds are small so they are willing to take that risk…with your dog, how thoughtful.

Comparing dogs killed on the roads to traps is ridiculous. Roads were built specifically for vehicle travel. Dog owners can see roads and avoid the danger. However, our public lands have not been set aside specifically for trappers (despite what some trappers think). Hunters and people legally exercising their pets can’t see conibear traps and cannot avoid them. The trapper also wrote they do “everything in their power to prevent these accidental catches”. If that were true, they would support laws to get conibear traps off the ground, out of reach of dogs.

Imagine how a trapper would feel if all his traps were stolen. Not only would there be a huge financial loss, he would not be able to participate in the trapping season. His most enjoyable past-time, senselessly taken from him, even though he did nothing wrong. Multiply that anger times 10 and you know how a hunter will feel losing their hunting dog to a trap, suffering even higher financial loss, the loss of hunting opportunity, and the emotional loss of losing what he considers a part of the family.

Most hunters and fisherman had nothing against trapping. However, there are too many trappers that continue to justify killing other peoples’ dogs and they are fanning hatred from hunters and fishermen as well as the general public in growing numbers everyday. So until you stop being a black mark on outdoorsman, and put an end to this illegal killing, other sporstmen don’t want to be associated with you. Don’t ask us to defend or support you, you don’t help our cause, you only hurt our cause.
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Daily Subscription Msg 24 Posted: 08:34 AM 10/02/13 (CST)
Trapping season opens Oct 19th year. If you hunt after trapping season opens you are risking the life of your dog.

Once the trap fires your dog stops breathing and you have less than 5 minutes to do the following to have any chance of saving your dog. Many dogs have died even after the trap was removed in just a minute or two. Some dogs have died months after being "saved".

If any of these steps delay reaching your dog it will die.

1. Realize your dog is dying and not just hunting out of sight.

2. Find your dog in the thick brush or cattails. Try guessing where your dog is the next time you hunt.

3. Reach your dog.

4. Get the trap off the throat of your dog.

5. Try to revive your dog if it isn't breathing.

If you fail at any step apologize to your dog and then bury it.

Some slob trappers are trying to convince hunters that knowing how to remove the trap will keep your dog from dying. That's not true. They are even distributing information on how to use zip ties. I'm a trapper and have used body grip traps responsibly for years.

My dog was dead when I found her just 50' from my vehicle.

It is NOT necessary to kill dogs to trap fur. Slob trappers are using body grips on the ground because it's more convenient and less work. They are using body grips for bobcats because they don't have the ambition to check their traps daily. Footholds are much more effective for bobcats but they must be checked daily. Body grips only have to be check every 3 days.

Slob trappers are not friends of hunters and are hurting the future of trapping.
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Daily Subscription Msg 25 Posted: 08:44 PM 10/19/13 (CST)
Trapping season opened today.

A combination of high fur prices bringing out lots of new and old trappers combined with almost non-existent body grip trap regulations means a lot of good dogs are going to die again this fall and winter.

It didn't have to be that way but the trapping associations seem determined to keep the sets that are killing our dogs legal. In effect they are protecting slob trappers and slob trapping methods.
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Daily Subscription Msg 26 Posted: 09:34 AM 09/30/15 (CST)
Dogs are continuing to die in body grip traps. At least 9 more dogs have been recorded killed in body grips since last October and those are only the ones reported. More dogs were seriously injured and required thousands of dollar in vet care.

Another dog was caught and even though the trap was quickly removed had stopped breathing. Fortunately the hunter knew CPR and after 15 minutes of CPR the dog started breathing on his own.

Another dog was caught and the trap ripped his larynx. Months later it had to have $5,000 in surgeries or be put down because of life threatening breathing difficulties.

Another dog was caught and because we have a 3 day check on body grips wasn't released from the trap for several days. The face was ripped open and both eyes were infected. He lost the hearing in one ear and both eyes had to be removed.

Another dog was killed 2 weeks after giving birth to a litter of puppies. She was killed almost within sight of her house. The trapper paid a $100 fine because the slots in the box were 1" short. He returned to the neighborhood and set more body grips.

Not one of these tragedies had to happen. They happened because the uncompromising trappers associations have legislators that block all bills that would change trapping regulations.

NO STATE that has changed body grip regulations to protect dogs has shown a reduction in fur harvest; NOT ONE STATE.

What have you done to protect your dog? Did you contact your legislators and let them know you support SF 1325 and HF 1655? If you didn't then there is no reason to expect them to know that you want them to vote to support these commonsense changes that are supported by many MN trappers.

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Daily Subscription Msg 27 Posted: 09:22 AM 10/18/15 (CST)
Trapping north of hwy 200 started yesterday. The rest of the state opens up next Saturday.

Reporting a dog killed is still voluntary. SF 1325 and HF 1655 will change that to mandatory with a significant penalty for non-compliance. The bills will also require the DNR to give an annual report to the legislature.

The bills will also attach a criminal penalty for killing a dog in an illegally set body grip or snare. Currently there is no criminal penalty for killing someone's dog even if the trap is illegally set. Last fall a lab was killed in a technically illegal (1" from legal) body grip trap. The trapper received a $100 for the violation. There was no penalty for killing the lab who had just given birth to a litter of puppies. Another dog was killed in a body grip trap that was baited with canned dog food. The trap was legally set so there was no penalty.

There will still be no criminal penalty for killing someone's dog in a legally set body grip trap or lethal snare even if the trapper recklessly set the body grip trap on the edge of a WMA parking lot, public lake access, or designated grouse hunting trail. The trap can even be legally baited with grouse of pheasant parts. That may seem so irresponsible that it wouldn't be legal but it is 100% legal and if you spring the trap you can be ticketed. You would think that no trapper would set a lethal body grip trap like this but it does happen and dogs have been killed in those sets. Not one has ever been penalized for killing the dog because it isn't illegal to kill someone's dog in a body grip trap.
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Daily Subscription Msg 28 Posted: 08:03 PM 10/19/15 (CST)
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Daily Subscription Msg 29 Posted: 07:49 AM 10/24/15 (CST)
Raccoon season starts in about an hour. That means body grip traps on the ground in the areas we hunt and run our dogs. Some will be baited with grouse or pheasant parts and in a box and some will be placed in animal trails like the ones your dog runs through the cattails or weeds.

Coon fur prices are in the pits this season but there will still be people trapping them.

Yesterday was the last day this year that my dogs will be in the woods. We won't be hunting grouse this year. The last day we hunted was Oct 19, 2012.
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Daily Subscription Msg 30 Posted: 12:52 PM 11/12/15 (CST)
Bobcat season starts on Nov 28th and ends Jan 3. It's open north of I-94 and 10. That means the body grip trap boxes will be on the ground soon. The number one reason that many bobcat trappers use them is because they only have to be checked every 3 days. They are less effective than dog safe foothold traps but those traps have to be checked daily.

Here's a short video of a dog working a body grip box. The trap was disabled but it accurately shows what may be waiting for you.

http://www.doglovers4safetrappingmn.org/blogs/videos/video_dog-working-trap-box

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