Dog killed by beaver trap set in a Sandy park

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  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 16, 2012 11:05 p.m.

    Clearly, the city shouldn't pass the blame to the trapper. Both the city and the trapper knew better. It's a park. People and their dogs and their children go to parks. An incident like this is plainly foreseeable. Every reasonable person should expect a city that places deadly traps near a park to place warning signs near the traps.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 16, 2012 3:50 a.m.

    Aren't dogs in the parks and trails supposed to be on a lease by law so they don't attack each other or other pedestrians? Maybe they should have posted a sign for wild beavers in the area then close the parks until further notice.

    The dog owner was also in the wrong, and why is the state interfering with wildlife in the park? And why is there a park in wildlife habitat? Especially with wild dogs running loose? Maybe the dog went chasing a beaver when he tangled with this trap, of which no ones has mentioned what kind it is. I assume its not a spring loaded trap, they're illegal in urban areas and much of the wild.

    Once again pet owners are claiming deniability or accountability for their dishonorable act putting animals at risk and calling them a pet. Should we also call children pets? We think less of people than we do of irrelevant animals. Wild life, beavers, and parks are for people to see and enjoy, not pets or other exotic predatory animals or feral dogs and cats running loose. When you see something wild, its like a time capsule of history.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 15, 2012 10:46 a.m.

    A sign? Most dogs can't read. Why was the dog not on a leash?