A local man lost one of his dogs to an otter trap, just off Monashka Bay Road. On New Year's Day, Mike Hansen, a retired
commercial fisherman, said his dog was killed when it strayed into a Conibear
trap, used for trapping otter.
He described his attempt to rescue Matches, his
50-pound, seven-year old dog.
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near the end of ... strangled the life right out of him.")
Hansen, himself a sometime trapper,
said he blames trappers for being negligent when it comes to plying their trade
near areas where people are likely to run their dogs.
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the time being, at least ... know who each other are.")
Daele, a wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said
both pet owners and trappers should be aware of the trapping seasons, including
otter, which runs from November 10th through the end of January, fox, which
runs through March and beaver, which runs through April. He also said it's
important for pet owners to understand how traps function in the event of an
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a pet owner's ... when the season is over.")
Van Daele, a dog owner himself,
said trappers have an obligation to safeguard against such occurrences.
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dogs need to ... strong obligation near town.")
Van Daele said there are no
restrictions on where trappers can set traps during the appropriate season, and
that throughout the latter part of winter and the early part of spring, there
is the potential of domestic animals being caught in them. He warns pet owners
to be on the watch for traps and aware of the various trapping seasons. I'm