A family is advising people to stay away from the old railway tracks just past the junction of Highway 1 and Highway 5 after their dog was killed by a wolf snare there earlier this month.
Hank the dog disappeared July 7 and was found later that week caught in a snare.
“We went for a bike ride on the old rail line and on our way back, our other dog, Playful, started barking and growling at one spot,” said Anne Boden. “I thought it might be a bear or something, but Pete went to investigate and saw Hank’s back end, he was caught in a snare.”
Hank was two years old and not the kind of dog to run off on his own, Boden said. He and Playful lived outside and at first, Hank’s disappearance didn’t cause too much concern. By the next morning, however, the family was worried.
Boden said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources was called to help deal with the situation, and upon further investigation of the area, the officer did not find any other wolf snares. The one that caught Hank, she said, appeared to have been there for at least five years, judging by how the vegetation had grown around it. Boden said, however, that they found several abandoned rabbit snares.
“The ravine there is really overgrown, and people walk their dogs down here all the time,” she said. “There could be more snares there, we just can’t find them.”
Boden said they will be looking for another dog soon but that she remains unimpressed with people who leave snares behind to be found by whomever stumbles upon them.
“I would hope that if people are setting snares near people’s property, that they warn them about it,” she said. “My son is 11 and he was pretty upset about Hank … he took him when he went hunting for chickens, when he set his own rabbit snares, but he knows to never leave any behind. He’s 11 and he has more common sense than to do that.”