Body gripping traps are killing dogs in Minnesota. Trappers are inadvertently killing dogs with body-grip
traps and snares that are designed to kill captured animals. These traps are quite different than the commonly
known leg-hold trap. They are designed to kill quickly, more effectively and humanely. MN law allows lethal
body-grip traps and snares to be set on the ground where dogs can find them and be killed.
Body grip traps
are often baited with meat and placed in ditches along roads, near trail-head parking lots, along trails and
in recreational areas. People are surprised and their dogs are killed. The dog often dies with the owner
present and trying to release the powerful trap.
Other states do a better job protecting dogs. WI, CT, ME, MD, MI, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, and UT
all require trappers to set body-grip traps elevated above the ground or in the water to protect dogs. Use of
body grip traps large enough to kill dogs on land is prohibited in AL, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, MA, OK, WA, and WV.
IN, MI, MO, NJ, ND, OH, PA, WV, and WI allow only non-lethal cable restraint snares on land. These cable
restraint snares are effective for humane, live capture and can be used safely where traps pose a problem for
pets or other animals. Eighteen other states donít allow any snares for land animals.
Legislation was introduced in Minnesota requiring body-gripping traps be set in such a way as to protect dogs
from accidentally getting caught and killed (S.F. 1325 and H.F. 1655). Body grip traps would be required to
be either, fully submerged, placed in dog-safe boxes or mounted five feet above the ground. If these changes
are written into law, they would greatly reduce the number of dogs that are killed and maimed by body-grip
traps each year.
I support legislation requiring body-gripping traps be either fully submerged, placed in dog-safe boxes or
mounted five feet above the ground. Petitions will be submitted to legislators in the upcoming legislative
session. Please include your email address so we can send you email action alerts.