Hikers' dog caught in leg trap near Bend

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on February 14, 2012 at 2:18 PM

BEND, Ore. - Lauren Stayer is a veterinarian in Bend. But she says she was stunned and didn't know what to do right away when her pet dog, Lucy, stepped in a hunter's leg trap while they were hiking on public land near Tumalo.

Stayer and her fiance dug up the trap earlier this month and took Lucy back to her clinic where they put the dog under anesthesia and pried off the trap. There was no permanent damage.

KTVZ reports (http://is.gd/qUG84c ) Stayer was surprised to learn unmarked leg traps are legal on public land.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department says the hunter was probably trying to catch a coyote or bobcat. Biologist Steve George says dogs have ended up in traps around Bend at least five times this year.

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