The P.E.I. Humane Society is urging pet owners to take care when walking their dogs during trapping season after two canines were caught in a snare trap.
A wildlife conservation officer was called to the Murray River area Wednesday when a black collie and a husky were caught in a coyote snare.
The collie was examined and appeared uninjured, according to the Humane Society. However, the husky sustained a neck injury but is recovering.
“Luckily this incident was not fatal, but dog owners should use caution if letting dogs roam off leash,’’ the Humane Society stated in a release.
“Know how to keep your dog safe when walking. If a dog begins sniffing hard at one spot, it may have encountered a trapping device. Call your dog back immediately.’’
The Humane Society also advices when walking a dog on private land, to ask the land owner if there are any traps set.
“Research what traps are used on P.E.I. and know how to release them,’’ the Humane Society added.
“Use caution in releasing the trap. Your dog is in pain and fearful, and may become reactive as a result.’’
In an emergency or to report incidents of illegal trapping, call a wildlife conservation officer at 902-368-4884 or P.E.I. Humane Society animal protection at 902-892-1191.
This incident comes on the heels of another dog being caught in a snare on New Year’s Day in the Cardigan area.
Fortunately, Della LeClair was able to free her four-year-old yellow lab named Wally who escaped serious injury.
The trap was legally placed.
Most of Prince Edward Island is private land so permission is needed from the landowner to trap on his or her property, according to the provincial wildlife division.
Trapping is permitted on many public land properties, however, some properties are restricted due to their importance for other activities such as walking, hiking and snowshoeing.
Trapping season on P.E.I. runs from Nov. 1 to March 31.