Trapping and Dogs in Juneau
Trapping, like hunting and fishing, is a legal activity in
much of the Juneau area. Unlike hunting and fishing,
trapping involves the use of traps that capture any animal
that they come in contact with. Traps do not
distinguish between pets and wildlife. Trap sets are
meant to attract and capture animals.
Your dog will
not know that traps are to be avoided. It is your responsibility to keep your dog safe by knowing
where and when trapping is legal in Juneau. When you
are in these areas with your dog, you must watch for signs
of traps and keep your dog close to keep your dog safe.
View information about trapping in the Juneau area presented
the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at the Trapping
Season and Dogs: Sharing Juneau's Trails program.
TRAPPING SEASONS IN JUNEAU AREA 2018 - 2019
View ADF&G Trapping Regulations for SE Alaska click here (Juneau is in Area 1C)
November 1 thru April 30 -- trapping season open for
wolf and coyote
November 10 thru February 28 -- trapping season open
November 10 thru April 30 -- trapping season open for
December 1 thru
February 15 -- trapping season open for river otter,
red fox, lynx, marten, mink, weasel, and muskrat
Marten is target species for most trappers in the Juneau
Trapping seasons for the more common target furbearers
starts December 1.
information on trails and areas closed (or partially closed) to
trapping, traps, and releasing a dog from a trap -
TRAPPING AREAS IN THE CITY/BOROUGH OF JUNEAU
The Department of Fish and Game has closed the
following areas of CBJ to trapping: (click
here to see map)
- A strip within 1/4 mile of the coast between the end
of Thane Road and the end of Glacier Highway at Echo
- Auke Lake and the area within 1/4 mile of Auke Lake.
- The area of the Mendenhall Valley bounded on the
south by the Glacier highway, on the west by Mendenhall
Loop Road and Montana Creek Road and Spur Road to
Mendenhall Lake, on the north by Mendenhall Lake, and on
the east by the Mendenhall Loop road and Forest Service
Glacier Spur Road to the Forest Service Visitor Center.
- A strip within 1/4 mile of the Douglas Island coast
along the entire length of the Douglas Highway and a
strip within 1/4 mile of the Eaglecrest Road.
- Within the US Forest Service Mendenhall Glacier
- Within the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge.
- A strip within 1/4 mile of the following trails (except
that traps with an inside jaw spread of 5 inches or less
which are set at least 5 feet above the ground
and snow are allowed if more than 50 yards from the
Trail, including the loop trail
Nugget Creek Trail
Outer Point Trail
Dan Moller Trail
Granite Creek Trail
Mount Roberts Trail
Nelson Water Supply Trail
(off Mt Roberts Trail)
Sheep Creek Trail
Point bishop Trail
Auke Nu/John Muir Trail
Eagle Glacier Trail
Point Bridget Trail
Salmon Creek Trail
Treadwell Ditch Trail (from Eaglecrest to Treadwell)
The City/Borough of Juneau has
closed the following areas to trapping: the area within 1/2 mile of any
public or private street, road, or right-of-way in the borough (CBJ
Treadwell Ditch Trail is closed to trapping
after July 1, 2011. The Alaska Board of Game
unanimously accepted the proposal by Grateful Dogs to close the
Treadwell Ditch Trail to trapping. Thanks to the
Alaska Department of Fish and Game for its support for the
proposal. Without the support of the Department, it would
have been much more difficult to persuade the Board of Game to accept
Learn how to recognize a trap set and
how to open traps.
Your Dog From
a Conibear Trap
is a conibear trap, and if your dog is caught
in one, it is in serious trouble ,
as this trap is designed to kill. See instructions
below on how to release an animal from this kind
of trap -- it is difficult and time is of
the essence !
Conibear Trap -
Shown in sprung position.
Carry 2 long, strong, boot-type shoestrings
with you at ALL times.
release the trap, tie one end of a shoestring
to the top loop of the spring where it runs
along the jaws, run the shoestring through the
bottom spring loop and then back through the
top spring loop.
stand on the trapchain, pinning the trap to
the ground and haul up on the shoestring This
will compress the spring. Pull and take up the
shoestring until both sides of the spring meet.
Tie off the shoestring and repeat the process
on the other side of the trap, if necessary.
the picture at the top, the trap is set and ready to
kill your dog.
#1 are the springs . They are very powerful and
when they are triggered, they push the pivoted jaws
closed -- the X at the pivots widens.
#3 are the jaws . They do the crushing.
#2 are simple safety catches you put on while
you are setting the trap in place. They swing off once
that is done -- safety off and the trap is ready to
#5 is the "dog" or bit of metal that holds
the jaws together . It is under a lot of pressure
and has a very shallow, rounded groove in it that hold
one jaw against the other.
#4 is the trigger . These are thin stiff wires
that the animal presses into as it enters the den. Once
these wires are bumped, they slip the piece called the
dog (#5) loose and the two pairs of jaws come down (#3)
under the crushing drive of the springs (#1).
A conibear trap closes
with about 90 pounds of pressure ,
and if you try to horse the jaw of the trap
open by hand (a natural reaction, as the jaws
will be crushing your dog to death), you are
unlikely to succeed in getting your dog out
trick is to focus on the SPRINGS to the left
and right of the trap , and to follow
the procedure, as outlined above, to take
the pressure off the springs .
the springs have been compressed with a dog
leash or piece of boot lace , put the
safety catches on, and repeat on the other side.
(c) by Patrick Burns.
on releasing your dog from a trap can be found at:
Conibear (Bodyhold) Traps