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"Dog Lovers Bill" and wetland-buffer bill featured on KFAN Outdoors.

posted Mar 14, 2015, 1:27 PM by Doglover System   [ updated Mar 14, 2015, 1:34 PM ]

"Captain" Billy Hildebrand

On the 3/14/2015 program, KFAN Outdoors hosts "Captain" Billy Hildebrand and Bob Saint Pierre, along with guest outdoor writer Dennis Anderson of the Star Tribune, discuss Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's initiative for statewide soil & water conservation buffers along public waters, and the Governor's support for the "Dog Lovers Bill" SF 1325.

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07:55 Captain Billy introduces the "Dog Lovers Bill" SF 1325.

24:30 Captain Billy Hildebrand, Bob Saint Pierre, and Star Tribune outdoor writer Dennis Anderson discuss the problem of lethal traps from the perspective of hunters with dogs. 

33:50 General wildlife Q & A with outdoors author, naturalist, and photographer Stan Tequila.

63:45 "Tackle" Terry.

70:50: Governor Mark Dayton talks about the soil and water conservation issue.

83:55 Captain Billy and Bob Saint Pierre wrap-up the discussion of the soil & water conservation issue and the "Dog Lovers Bill" SF 1325. Their reminder: if you care about these issues, call and write your legislators, and speak up! 

90:12 End of program.

First hearing of "Dog Lovers Bill" SF 1325 in MN Senate.

posted Mar 14, 2015, 12:56 PM by Doglover System   [ updated Mar 14, 2015, 1:06 PM ]

First hearing of the "Dog Lovers Bill" SF 1325 in the Minnesota Senate Fish & Wildlife Subcommittee, 3/9/2015.

Thanks to the Senate author of this bill, Sen. John A. Hoffman, and the host of this hearing, Subcommittee Chair Sen. Matt Schmit.

Thanks to the House author, Rep. Peter Fischer, and Senate co-authors Sen. John Marty and Sen. Chuck Wiger.

Thanks to all of the Dog Lovers who petitioned for this bill, called and wrote in, and came to testify. We're counting on your continued support.

MN DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr

Thanks to MN DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr for his support and testimony for this bill.

Status of this bill:

This is the first hearing. 

More discussions are ahead.

More challenges will be made.

Counting on your support!

Bronco's Story

posted Jan 25, 2015, 2:29 PM by Doglover System   [ updated Jan 25, 2015, 2:32 PM ]

Kobe's Story

posted Jan 25, 2015, 12:57 PM by Doglover System   [ updated Mar 23, 2015, 11:47 AM ]

Update, 3/23/2015: Tim McCauley went to visit Kobe at Friends of Animals in Cloquet. Kobe is doing better.


Update, 2/9/2015: TV News. Northland News Center--Twin Ports, reporting from Cloquet, MN.


Anderson, Dave. 2015. “Trapped Dog Incident Raises Concerns about Trapping Laws and Pet Owner Responsibility.” NNCNOW TV News. Cloquet, MN, USA.

Update, 2/3/2015: photos.

Kobe at Friends of Animals, Cloquet, MN, about 2/3/2015.

Original post, 1/25/2015.

This is a sad story of a dog who found his way into a deadly 220 body-gripping trap. It is also a story of what can happen to our dogs if they wander into a place where one of these lethal (and currently legal) traps is set. 

Kobe was lost, and wandered onto private property south of Moose Lake. The landowner/trapper set out the trap with bait and scent to lure and kill a bobcat. What he caught instead was a 7 year-old Malamute.  It's unknown how many days Kobe was caught with his face in this trap, because current regulations only require a trapper to check this type of trap once every three days. Poor Kobe!  We can only imagine the pain and sheer terror he must have felt being caught and helpless. Normally, this type of trap would kill the animal, but Kobe survived!

The trapper contacted a DNR official, who then contacted an Animal Control Officer. Even though Kobe was at death's door, he wagged his tail.  Kobe's head was swollen to 3X its normal size when he arrived at the Cloquet Veterinarian's office. Kobe's eyes were infected, and there were huge gashes on both the left and right sides of his face from trying to pull his head out of the trap. Surgery has been done to reattach and replace the skin to the sides of his head, and to remove both of his eyes.  

Now Kobe is blind, and it is still unknown how the damage in his right ear will affect his hearing. We pray that his wounds will eventually heal, but the trauma of this event and the lessons learned will never be forgotten.  

We do not know where Kobe came from--maybe he slipped his collar, or maybe he was dropped off by someone who did not want him--but the reality of this event is a sobering reminder of the need for our Minnesota trapping regulations to change. This would not have happened if this trap had been elevated 5 feet off the ground. The bobcat would have easily climbed the distance to obtain the tasty bait, but Kobe would not have been able to reach it.  

Friends of Animals Humane Society in Cloquet, MN, is an amazing team of people who are lovingly caring for Kobe until he recovers. We are asking our members to consider a donation to Kobe's vet bills and care by mailing a donation to them at the following address:

Friends of Animals
Attn: Kobe's Care
1418 Hwy 33 S
Cloquet, MN 55720

Please contact your legislators and tell them that we need the following changes to help protect our dogs from deadly traps:
  • Five feet above the ground, or
  • Submerged in water, or
  • In dog-resistant enclosure.
  • Non-lethal cable restraint snares on land.

Thank you.

Kobe is recovering from surgery at Friends of Animals.

Your summer petition signatures have been delivered.

posted Nov 25, 2014, 5:12 PM by Doglover System   [ updated Nov 25, 2014, 6:10 PM ]

The petitions you signed this summer--at Pet A Palooza, Dog Days of Summer, Game Fair, and the MN Renaissance Festival--have been delivered by email to your returning Minnesota Legislators (new MN Representatives will receive theirs in January, once they have their new offices and email addresses).

Here's a copy of the cover letter that each of them received along with a PDF file of your scanned petition signatures:

November, 2014

To: Our Minnesota Legislator.

From: Your Constituents

Re: Petition to protect dogs from lethal trapping and snaring

Dear Legislator,

Attached, please see petitions signed by your constituents in support of Minnesota trapping regulations to protect dogs from lethal trapping and snaring.

These handwritten signatures were gathered this summer by the group Dog Lovers 4 Safe Trapping MN at community events including Pet A Palooza, Dog Days of Summer, Game Fair, and the MN Renaissance Festival. The online signatures were gathered beginning in 2012 at the Petition for Safe Public Lands. A new Petition to "Stop Killing MN Dogs" was begun in 2014.

Your constituents support the following four regulations for lethal trapping and snaring in Minnesota:

1. Five feet above the ground or ice; or 
2. Submerged in water; or 
3. In boxes that exclude dogs.
4. Lethal land snares replaced with non-lethal cable-restraint snares.

The first three points were proposed in the 2013-2014 body-gripping trapping regulations bill HF 456 / SF 452. The fourth is being proposed this year based on new information. Please look for a bill with these four points to be reintroduced in the new legislative session; and please ask for it to receive fair, open hearings and votes.


...Data Entry Volunteer, Dog Lovers 4 Safe Trapping MN...

P.S. for more information, please see the group's website at If you have questions about this data-entry project, please reply to this email. With other questions, please contact the group's President...


What to report if your dog ends up in a body-grip trap.

posted Oct 31, 2014, 7:50 PM by Doglover System   [ updated Oct 31, 2014, 7:51 PM ]

Letter to the editor of Outdoor News. MN, 10/31/2014.
by John Reynolds, Merrifield, MN.

It's a great day to be in the woods with your dog. As you walk, your mind wanders to the first bird he flushed, and how he proudly carried the bird to you with his tail held high.

You realize you haven't seen him for a while. Where is he? You hit the whistle but hear nothing except the wind in the leaves. You're concerned. You've heard about body-grip traps but never thought it would happen to you. You start frantically searching and stop to whistle, but still nothing. Finally, after the longest five minutes, you find him dead with his throat crushed in a body-grip trap.

Now what? No amount of zip ties will bring him back. And the trap was legally set, according to Minnesota's outdated regulations. It's important to document his death because the minority of trappers who recklessly set body-grip traps--and their supporters in the Legislature and DNR--are claiming we don't know if dogs are being killed despite numerous DNR and newspaper reports.

First, document the scene with pictures. Dog owners have returned to the site with the conservation officer only to find the trap--and even the dog--has been picked up by the trapper, so pictures are important.

Here's what you need to look for and photograph. Was the trap set on a trail or was it in a box or cubby? Did the box have an awning? How deep were the slots in the sides of the box? Was the box tilted up?

Look for the trap tag. It should have the trapper's name or an ID number. Tags are usually wrapped around the trap spring, chain, or cable. Most tags will be darkened or possibly even mud-covered. Record the information on the tag.

Next, report the death to the DNR and fill out the "Dog-trapping Incident" form on the Dog Lovers 4 Safe Trapping MN website ( We'll make sure it gets recorded.

Fur prices are down again this year, and that always means fewer trappers and fewer body-grip traps set. Hopefully it will mean fewer dogs killed this fall, but don't mistake that for safe. It only takes one trap to kill your dog.

Dog-trapping incident report form.

Report trapped dogs

posted Oct 10, 2014, 12:52 PM by Doglover System   [ updated Oct 10, 2014, 12:57 PM ]

Letter to the editor from Dan Wilm to Outdoor News MN, 10/3/2014.

Important news for dog owners and others: the Minnesota DNR is now asking anyone who witnesses an incident of a dog caught or killed in a trap to report it to the DNR. The request is on pages 47 and 123 of the 2014 MN Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook.

As difficult as it might for someone who's dog has been caught or killed in a trap, it's important for the dog owner or other witness to gather the following information about the incident: 1) take pictures of the scene, 2) take pictures of the trap and the owner's ID tag on the trap chain, and 3) take note of the location.

If your local CO can't get to the scene in a timely manner, these records will provide evidence for the investigation.

Dog Lovers 4 Safe Trapping MN has been recording dog deaths in traps since 2012. The incident can be reported to them in more detail at, in addition to reporting through the DNR CO.

Regarding Tim Spreck's guest commentary several weeks back (9/12/2014 Outdoor News, MN): since he is a designated spokesman for the Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Alliance (and the Minnesota Trappers Association, and the Minnesota Forest Zone Trappers Association), it's only fitting that he be corrected and admonished for suggesting that if changes were made to how traps are set, that "the next target" would be hunting regulations, etc. That's baloney, pure and simple.

Many States and Provinces have made positive changes to how traps are set with no reduction in fur harvest, and no impact on hunting. I would expect more honesty from Spreck, and less fear-mongering.


Still working to change trapping regulations

posted Jun 28, 2014, 10:31 AM by Doglover System   [ updated Jun 28, 2014, 10:33 AM ]

Letter to the editor, published in Outdoor News, Minnesota, 6/27/2014.
By John Reynolds, Merrifield, MN.

The legislative session has passed and again nothing was done to protect your dog from recklessly set body-grip traps and snares. The DFL leadership has proven no more interested in protecting your dog than the GOP.

After an ineffective bill passed through the GOP-controlled Legislature in 2012, the DNR recorded nine dog deaths that fall and then stopped recording. The DNR now ignores its own records and claims we don't know if the new regulations protect dogs. Same with some legislators and the trappers' lobby.

Here is the only fact that matters. The same body-grip trap and snare sets that have killed our dogs for decades are still legal. No one can dispute it.

Dog Lovers 4 Safe Trapping MN has tried to get reasonable regulations on body-grip traps and snares, but every attempt was met with no from the trappers' lobby and legislators who claim to support hunters (but ironically not their dogs).

Let's bring Minnesota's trapping regulations into the 21st century. How fair is it that a trapper can come on your land without your permission, kill your dog, and then walk away? How fair is that a trapper can put a body-grip trap in your driveway culvert, kill your dog, and then walk away?

Letter to the editor, published in Outdoor News, Minnesota, 6/27/2014.

Toni and Birdie: our story

posted May 23, 2014, 9:16 PM by Doglover System   [ updated May 23, 2014, 9:17 PM ]

Birdie and Toni: our story

MTA trapping instructor contradicts MTA message to legislators

posted Jun 27, 2013, 8:04 AM by John Reynolds   [ updated Mar 14, 2015, 11:46 AM ]

MTA trapping instructor contradicts the false message the MTA is spreading among legislators that coons can't be caught in body grip traps set off the ground in his coon trapping article in Fur-Fish-Game.  He shows how to make a body grip trap set that won't kill dogs but will catch coon.


It's time that the MTA stops protecting "slob trappers" who kill our dogs.

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