The CBC has reported that the Boden family of Hay River noted their 2-year-old dog Hank went missing from their property one night last week. Hay River is a small town located on the south shore of Great Slave Lake, near the Alberta border.
A few days later, while out on a bicycle ride on a popular trail as a family, the Boden’s other dog began frantically barking.
"We were looking cautiously in the ravine and my husband was helping me and that's when we saw the dog lying down in the ravine and he went a little closer to check and it turnedout he was snared in a wolf snare and he was dead," Anne Boden told the CBC. "If you're walking your dog … be aware that you could be somewhere that someone has set snares or traps and you could lose a pet."
A government official noted that while wolf trapping season runs from August to May in the territory, the snare appeared to be five years old and abandoned.
This unfortunate incident illustrates the absolute horrifying reality of trapping in Canada, regardless of location. So long as traps are legally allowed, so long as property owners don’t need to be informed traps are adjacent to their properties, and so long as the government continues to hide from these truths, our wild and domestic animals will continue to suffer.
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