We tell people that traps pose a risk to public safety. Trappers laugh at us. And then this happens.
In the community of Coquille, Oregon, a man was trying to catch his dog, who had gotten loose in a marshy area near a park. That’s when he stepped into a beaver trap.
“Two vehicles with good Samaritans stopped after they spotted a shirtless young man hanging over the highway’s retaining wall,” read the report on TheWorldLink.com. “One of the drivers, who wishes to remain anonymous, said the man was screaming ‘Help me! Help me!’
“They called 911 and tried to free the man, but were unable to get the trap loose. It took a firefighter with bolt-cutters to get the job done.”
The man, who was not named, was found to have a broken leg after the ordeal.
The sickening irony of this news is that it follows on the heels of a warning from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife: legal trapping is underway, so hikers beware.