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Zip Tie Quiz

Will Zip Ties Save Your Dog?

(answer the following 6 questions to find out)


Question 1.  Will you know your dog is caught so you can start searching? Dogs cannot bark or yelp to let you know they need help and every hunting dog is out of sight and hearing while hunting every hunt.  It’s unlikely that you will even know your dog is caught and dying.  Have you ever lost track of your dog for one minute?  Two minutes? Those minutes mean life or death.  Most hunters lose track of their dog throughout the hunt. 

Question 2.  Will you know where to look for your dog? Our dogs move so fast it’s impossible to keep track of them at all times.  How will you even know where to start looking?

Question 3.  Can you find your motionless dog lying in thick cattails or brush in time to save it? Many dogs are unconscious within seconds.   When Birdie a full grown Labrador Retriever was killed on Dec 30, 2012 she backed straight up 3’, laid down, pooped and died.  There were no signs of struggle in the fresh snow.  Have you ever had trouble finding a downed bird?

Question 4.  Can you remove the trap in time? Body grip traps are designed to kill within a few short minutes.  You’ve already lost precious time just deciding whether your dog is out of sight hunting or is dying in a trap.  You lost more time searching for a dog that may already be dead.  Body grip traps are very strong and are hard to remove under the best of circumstances.  You may have already run out of time before you even find your dog.

Question 5Will your dog escape mortal injuries from a trap that strikes the throat and spine with 90 lbs. pressure? Many dogs are injured so badly they die even if the trap is removed immediately.  An English Setter named Sue was killed while hunting in the Dry Sand WMA near Staples.  She was caught right next to the trail and her owner found her quickly because her collar beeped when she stopped moving.  He removed the trap immediately and she died in his arms.  A Beagle named Frisbee was caught in October 2011.  She was unconscious when her owner found her.  He removed the trap and gave her CPR.  She recovered and now 3 years later scar tissue is forming in her throat and will likely shorten her life.

 Question 6.  Do you know how to perform CPR on a dog?  This fall another dog caught in a body grip trap was found and the trap promptly removed.  Despite the fast action and luck of the hunter the dog had stopped breathing within a couple of minutes.  It took 15 minutes of CPR to restore breathing to the dog.  It's not uncommon for a dog to stop breathing even if the trap is removed immediately and without CPR the dog will die.

Unless you answered YES to ALL 6 questions zip ties won’t save your dog



Why does Alabama do a better job of protecting dogs than MN?


Why does MN allow the use of these lethal traps on the ground where our dogs can find them?


If the new (2012) regulations work why is the trappers association distributing zip ties and paying for the zip tie ad in the MN DNR Hunting & Trapping Regulations Handbook?


The trappers association claims the primary reason that dogs die in body grip traps is because the hunters doesn’t know how to remove the trap.  Now that you know the 6 preconditions necessary for your dog to survive a body grip trap what do you think?   Could the primary reason be that the trap was improperly placed on the ground?