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Oh ... trap!

I appreciate your article on traps in the November 2015 issue. A couple of months ago I received an email from somebody condemning traps and trapping. They were encouraging me to sign a petition against the practice. They also explained to me how somebody had their dog caught in a conibear-type trap and could not get it out so the dog had to be put down. I informed them that was a pity because the dog could have been released, likely unharmed.

I am an avid hunter and used to trap when fur prices were good. There are ethical practices for trapping. Trappers are sportsmen and have every right to pursue game. The rise in the population of raccoon, skunks and opossum is directly related to the decline in the number of trappers keeping those populations in check. Opossum and raccoons destroy a lot of bird nests (ruffed grouse, quail, pheasants, ducks and turkey). I am for the trapper, period.

Michael Saliga

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Title Annotation:Letters: From Our Readers
Author:Saliga, Michael
Publication:Gun Dog
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Nov 1, 2016
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