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Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Manitoba has announced an immediate ban to all licensed trapping in provincial parks used year-round by families and pets after another pet was killed by a trap in a provincial park.
Earlier this week, the province suspended all trapping in Grand Beach Provincial Park after Rob Shura's Rottweiler, Pippin, was killed by a trap near a public hiking trail. The province said it will do a broader review of trapping in provincial parks and Crown lands that have high recreation use.
This afternoon, provincial officials announced trapping will be banned in a number of provincial parks after a second pet was killed by a trap in a central region provincial park.
The province said an ongoing investigation into both incidents will determine whether fines or charges will be laid.
The province will post signs in these parks and natural resource officers have begun working with the Manitoba Trappers Association to notify registered trappers to remove traps.
Existing bans are in place in Beaudry, Pembina Valley and Birds Hill provincial parks.
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."
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Updates list of parks
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