Animal protection association warns of dangerous traps

After two recent Okanagan incidents involving pets getting stuck in traps, a B.C. animal protection association is warning the public.

Two Okanagan dogs have been caught in traps within the last two months. The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals is asking the public to be vigilant when walking their pets in rural areas.

After two recent Okanagan incidents involving pets getting stuck in Conibear traps, a B.C. animal protection association is cautioning the public to be vigilant while walking their pets along trails.

The Vancouver-based Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals has been pushing for changes in trapping laws since 1944.

“Ultimately we would love to see trapping banned,” said Adrian Nelson, director of communications for the association.

“There really is no need for it in a modern day society here. At a minimum, we would like to see warning signs posted that there are traps in the area so pet owners and people using those recreational areas can take the appropriate precautions.”

Nelson said their warning to pet owners comes after last year’s “alarming” increase in trapping deaths.

“We had about six incidents reported to us (throughout Canada) in 2011. In 2012 we had 16.”

Nelson said a large percentage of those occurrences are in B.C. On Boxing Day a family dog was killed by a Conibear trap near Nakusp. Weeks before that, a dog was caught in a trap in Oyama.

“It tends to be that dog owners are out for a walk, quite often on forest roads or in park areas. The dog wanders a little bit off trail and goes to investigate whatever the traps have been baited with.”

He added traps can be placed as close as 300 metres from a dwelling.

In previous local news stories, it’s been reported that signs are not posted because of the likelihood the public, who are opposed to trapping, will tamper with the traps.

“This is their argument, which really doesn’t make a lot of sense to us,” said Nelson.

“There is legislation already in place: It is illegal to tamper with a trap or take a trap. So it seems kind of odd that there’s legislation to protect the trappers, but no legislation to protect anybody else.”

Nelson said, for now, the best thing pet owners can do is be vigilant while in rural areas.

“I know people want to go out with their dogs and let them run, but unfortunately during the trap season, it’s kind of important to keep them close by.

“With these (recent) incidents, we’re hoping to be able to push the ministry a little further toward changing the laws.”


Just Posted

Let it snow in Kelowna

Snow is in the forecast for this week

Photos: Adventuring in Stuart Park

Have you seen Friday’s edition of the Capital News? Check out the photos featured

Rutland students help less fortunate

At Rutland Senior Secondary, students are helping the homeless this holiday season

Lake Country seniors receive Christmas surprise

Hampers will be given to 20 lucky seniors in need next week

Column: Make it a green Christmas

Instead of purchasing a cuddly stuffie this year, put your money towards helping the real thing.

What’s happening

Find out about the events happening in your community this weekend

#MeToo at work: Employers play a role in fixing culture of harassment

B.C. workplaces are getting ahead of being the next MeToo debacle, calling on experts to train staff

B.C. woman brain injured in crash as a baby gets $1.1 million in damages

Trial heard the woman was 16 months old, being carried by her mother when they were both hit

Lind nets three in Rockets win; Dube and Foote named to Canada’s roster

Kole Lind returns from national junior camp to lead Rockets to victory in P.A.

Interior Health holding immunization clinic in Vernon Saturday

IH issues list of Okanagan meningococcal immunization clinics

Court denies WestJet’s bid to toss out discrimination lawsuit of former worker

Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination

VIDEO: 3 months later, rescued sea lion released back into ocean

The young animal was found in Campbell River three months ago

Annual Christmas meal held as Kelowna Gospel Mission

The meal will be held tomorrow from 12 to 6 p.m.

Most Read