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Rattlesnake and trap avoidance training for dogs scheduled

Hunters and other dog enthusiasts now have another reason to attend the 21th annual Premier Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs event. Idaho Fish and Game officers will be holding a trap awareness seminar as part of the day's events.

To register or to learn more about the training day, visit www.snakeavoidance.org, or contact event organizer Heidi Funke at hfunke3dk@gmail.com or by phone at 208-463-2304.

The combined event will be held at Veterans' Memorial Park near State Street and Veterans' Parkway in Boise on Sunday, June 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. While the cost of the rattlesnake avoidance training is $50 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."

Fish and Game staff 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.

Two videos, "How to Release your Dog from a Trap" and "How to Recognize and Avoid Wildlife Traps while Walking your Dog" are also available on Fish and Game's website at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/trap.

For more information regarding the trap awareness seminar, contact the Idaho Fish and Game Nampa office at 208-465-8465.