First, I would like to thank the many people that have called with support and similar problems of dogs trapped ,statewide. This was no isolated incident. On Jan.15, a trapper out with his wife and dog had his dog caught in a trap 75 yards from the upper Kasilof River boat launch.
Next, I would like to apologize for my cringe-worthy quotes in the Clarion article Jan.16. I do not begrudge ethical trappers their trade or living. While I did not actually find Willie until the next day, the article was accurate.
I am still amazed a big dog could go down so quickly and silently and be so hard to see 12 steps from the road. I am also amazed at the lack of ethics and laws. It is no mystery why this trapper would not want trap identification, signage and setback laws. It is wrong that silent killing devices can legally be set on private property without the landowner's knowledge or permission
The trappers code of ethics is not being followed. Clearly, laws protecting property owners and our public safety are needed.
Patrick Murray / Kasilof