A Minnesota hunter is pushing for change after his dog was caught and killed in a trap. Mark Johnson’s 7-year-old lab, Bronco, was killed in a body grip trap while they were grouse hunting near Bemidji in October.
This is a busy time of year for deer hunters, but the same can be said for trappers. The trapping season began in October, and a group that works closely with law enforcement is now hoping to make a certain type of trap illegal.
As the owner of three hunting dogs, Brett Harberts is aware of the concern over body grip traps.
Some Minnesota dog owners asked lawmakers to change how body grip traps, which can kill dogs, are used.
Lawmakers responded, but not in the way some dog owners had hoped.
A state lawmaker wants to stop what he calls the senseless killing of dogs.
Traps meant to catch raccoons and bobcat are catching and killing dogs instead.
A Northern Minnesota man is concerned that hunting dogs are becoming the hunted.