Game & Parks official responds to "snare trap" death of local pet

A Nebraska Game and Parks official says signs posted on designated hunting and fishing land at the Wildcat Hills wildlife management area do not warn of snare traps that killed a local family's dog over the weekend.

Sam Wilson, Game and parks Furbearer and Carnivore Manager, says the state agency's atlas on the designated areas notes the traps are legal after February 1st. But he says signs as you walk into the area do not specifically address the traps. Wilson says the state agency might consider adding the trap information to the signage in the future.

Elizabeth Berge's border collie Jupiter died Sunday during a family walk in the area when he was allowed to run free off-leash and was caught in one of the baited traps. Wilson says this is the first time he has ever heard of a family pet being caught in one of the snares. Wilson says he would advise family dogs stay on leash in such areas in the future.

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