The Department of Natural Resources will present a class for dog owners to learn about how furbearer traps work and how to safely release pets from traps. The class will be held Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at the Peter White Public Library, located at 217 N. Front St. in Marquette.

Traps set for some animals such as coyotes, bobcats and raccoons can also catch dogs. This class will include hands-on instruction about various trap types and their operation and trap-setting tools to help dog owners learn to safely release their pets in the unlikely event that they step into a trap.

“Over the years I have released a number of dogs from legally set traps with panicked dog owners waiting for my arrival – once I show dog owners how a trap operates they almost always comment that they could have done that themselves if they had only known how traps work,” said DNR wildlife biologist Brian Roell. “With a little education and some hands-on application, dog owners will be able to safely release their pets in 99 percent of situations.”

Logo courtesy Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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