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Dog's death in park trap spurs ban

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MANITOBA has suspended all trapping in Grand Beach Provincial Park after a six-year-old dog was killed by a trap near a public hiking trail.

Jim Duncan, the director of Manitoba's wildlife branch, said the province has suspended all trapping in the park until the investigation into the death of Rob Shura's Rottweiler, Pippin, is complete. The province will also do a broader review of trapping in provincial parks and Crown lands that have high recreation use.

On Nov. 22, Shura and his two dogs were out for their usual walk in Grand Beach park when Pippin let out a yelp about nine metres from a hiking trail. Shura, 45, said he found Pippin's head caught in a Conibear 220, a metal trap used to kill animals such as raccoons, badgers, foxes and beavers.

"It was just horrifying. I immediately rushed to her and I tried to pry it off with my hands. I couldn't budge it. I tried to press the springs with my hands and I couldn't," he said Sunday.

"It just took a few minutes and I was trying desperately to get her out, but I couldn't."

Duncan said the trap that killed Pippin appears to have been legal, though departmental staff are still trying to find the trapper to see if he or she holds a valid licence.

He said provincial parks are meant to be enjoyed by families, and the department wants to ensure the safety of people and pets.

"No one wants to see this happen again," Duncan said.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 4, 2012 A5

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