Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Hunters and other dog enthusiasts now have another reason to attend the 19th annual Premier Rattlesnake Avoidance Training Day. Idaho Fish and Game officers will be holding a trap awareness seminar as part of the day's events.
To learn more about the training day, visit www.snakeavoidance.org, or contact event organizer Heidi Funke at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 208-463-2304.
The combined event will be held at Veterans' Memorial Park - State Street and Veterans' Parkway in Boise - on Sunday, June 8th from 11:00am to 3:00pm. While the cost of the rattlesnake avoidance training is $40 for pre-registered dogs, the trap awareness seminar is free, with no appointment required.
The trap awareness seminar is designed for anyone who regularly takes their dogs to the Boise foothills, other outlying areas and even the greenbelt. "Most dog owners are unfamiliar with traps of any kind," Fish and Game conservation officer Kurt Stieglitz noted. "This seminar will provide them with some very practical tools related to trapping, including the steps to take if a pet dog ever ends up in a trap."
Stieglitz and fellow officer Brian Flatter will discuss the different types of traps that might be encountered including foot-hold traps, body-gripping traps and snares, how each trap type works and how to safely release a pet from a trap. Other topics to be covered include trapping seasons, areas to avoid while walking your pet, trapping rules, and what to do if a trap is encountered.
For more information regarding the trap awareness seminar, contact the Idaho Fish and Game Nampa office at 208-465-8465.