How do you figure that you almost "lost" a dog? A *cable restraint* (not a snare) that is legally set without entanglements will not harm anything that is caught in it. Snares, which are used in other states, are capable of choking and killing animals. Cable restraints, which are used in PA are safe. I have released many dogs which were allowed to run free on public and private lands that I trap. All of the domestic dogs I have released allowed me to walk up to them and simply clip the cable wire and they ran away. I use a dog catchers pole on wild animals, and would also use it if I encountered an unruly domestic dog. I have also released quite a few fox and coyotes which had rubbed/damaged fur. PLEASE do no spread negative/false ideas about trapping. If the cable restraint that you encountered was set illegally, you should have immediately reported it to the game commission and they would be able to prosecute the trapper. The last thing our outdoor community needs is to become divided against itself, as other groups are constantly trying to limit our outdoor activities.
Last edited by troutdoorsmen; 10-16-2018 at 12:29 PM.