The Conservation Officer Service is investigating after receiving a complaint from a resident whose dog’s neck became caught by a snare in the Dairy Fields area of Williams Lake.
Sgt. Jeff Tyre with the COS, however, reminded the public the lawful use of killing snares and other trapping methods are allowed for several fur-bearing animals within Region 5 throughout the winter, with the core of the trapping season running from Oct. 15 to March. 31.
“Recreational users should be aware that there is lawful trapping occurring throughout the winter,” Tyre said. “Williams Lake is surrounded by several traplines. In fact, most of the Cariboo Chilcotin is divided into registered traplines.”
There is no requirement to post areas that are being used for this purpose although some trappers choose to do so on their own accord, he added.
“Most ethical trappers do their utmost to avoid negative interactions with the public and with pets but regrettably this does sometimes occur.”
If a pet is caught in a snare or trap, residents are encouraged to immediately contact the COS by calling 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP) as COs have the resources to free a captured pet and will follow up with the trapline holder and discuss options to avoid such incidents.
Tyre also said it is illegal to tamper with or remove a lawfully set trap or snare.
“The matter may result in enforcement action being taken by the COS,” Tyre said. “All reports of suspected illegal trapping activity should be reported to RAPP.”