Three employees were walking through a plantation while their dogs walked alongside the road in the bush when they heard a metallic “snap” and noticed one of the dogs caught in a “conibear” style trap.
The group had a difficult time getting the trap to release but managed to set the dog free before it asphyxiated.
One employee’s left middle finger, ring finger and right thumb were injured during the struggle with the trap but luckily not seriously, as the doctor confirmed there was no nerve damage or broken bones.
1. Link to a video that provides clear instruction on how to release a “conibear” style trap and how they generally work should you or your dog ever encounter one in the field: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=trapping.sharing
2. Link to a second video on trap release technique: http://www.terrierman.com/traprelease.htm