Published in the Delta Wind - January 23, 2014
Here we are in darkest days of winter but that does not mean Alaskans are holed up inside waiting for spring, many feel that this is the best time of year time to get out and explore our local trails.
A good snow pack opens up miles and miles of country that is less accessible at other times of the year. Delta Junction is surrounded by incredibly vast wilderness, which attracts a diverse group of trail users. There are snow machiners, skiers, dog mushers, skijors, hikers, and even some bikers out there enjoying the snow and trails.
Winter is also trapping season in Alaska and many trail users like to bring their dogs along for a hike, ski or ride. Pet owners often worry that their dog could be caught in a trap. While this is definitely possible it is good to know that trappers do not want to catch your dog for many reasons; many trappers are pet lovers themselves, harming pets gives trappers a bad name and catching a dog means that they will not catch anything else. There are things you can do to reduce the possibility of your pet getting caught and the best way is to become more familiar with trapping.
The Delta Trails Association will be teaming up with a couple local trappers to host a workshop designed to teach non-trappers about trapping regulations, how to recognize a trap line and how to release a pet from a trap. We will be showing a 30- minute video produced by the Alaska Trappers Association which addresses concerns about dogs getting into traps and participants will have the
chance to get a hands on demonstration on how to operate and remove several different types of traps.
Our hope is that by helping non-trappers to better understand trapping that we can alleviate some concerns and make winter trail use safer and more enjoyable for everyone.
Please join us at 5:00 on January 27th at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game office here in Delta Junction. If you have any questions call 895-5362.
Delta Junction Trails