The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking for input on trapping concerns after two recent incidents where families lost their dogs in wooded areas.
A Post Falls family says they lost their dog in a trap last month and said they would like to see more regulations, however, the Idaho Trappers Association is saying no more regulations are needed.
Back in January, the Miller family lost their canine companion while looking for horns in the Kellogg hills.
"I looked over and my dog was just spazzing, is pretty much the best thing and there was this huge metal contraption on his head," Sarah Miller said.
Miller's two-year-old dog, Loyal found himself in a body grip after going for its bait. He died less than a minute later. It was the second incident involving pets getting caught in traps after another dog died from a trap in December. Now others are concerned their dogs will fall victim if they go off the beaten path and are calling for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to do something.
The Idaho Trappers Association, however, said it's already in the process of coming up with their own plan.
"The body grip trap wasn't the problem, it was the lack of knowledge by the new trapper," Patrick Carney with the Idaho Trappers Association said.
Carney said the same trapper was responsible for both dog deaths in the Idaho panhandle but adds it wasn't intentional.
"There's no trapper that's intentionally going out, setting a trap and trying to catch a dog. That's ridiculous," Carney said.
Fish and Game said the trapper laid the body grips legally. Carney says the trapper was just inexperienced and didn't realize that the bait on the trap would attract wandering dogs. It's a mistake he wants to fix.
"I think trapper education would have prevented this quite frankly and we're really going to look at that," Carney said.
Carney wants to see classes for first time trappers, and said more regulations aren't necessary. Right now, traps have to be at least five feet from a publicly maintained trail and cannot be in national and state parks. Carney says they don't want to lose the use of body traps, so the association is looking at how to make it safer.
"Unfortunately, one or two incidents, laws get made out of one or two incidents," Carney said.
Fish and Game said they're in the process of putting together a citizens committee now.