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C.O. residents share dog safety concerns near hiking trails

'As a community even, we're concerned about our own personal safety of course, and then our own dogs,' one Redmond resident said.

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- The shooting death of a dog in the Cline Butte Recreation Area on New Year's Eve sparked concerns about dog safety. The Richardson family's dog was shot four times and killed in the recreation area, near Juniper Trailhead.

A resident in nearby Eagle Crest said Tuesday he’s been hiking with his dogs for 5 1/2 years, up to the Cline Butte quarry and the surrounding area.

"As a community even, we’re concerned about our own personal safety of course, and then our own dogs," Cliff Schroeder said. "Is this person going to show up again and something like this happen again? We just don’t have enough information to know. It’s a little unnerving.”

Stephen Richardson told NewsChannel 21 they were walking their dogs in a designated no-shooting zone near Juniper Trailhead, as identified on a Bureau of Land Management map shared with him later.

However, it's not known if the shooter was a hunter. The area where the dog was shot is not a common hunting location.

Also, there are no leash laws in that area.

The BLM map indicates lands east of Barr Road are closed to firearm discharge, unless legally hunting, while the Tumalo Canal Historic Area and smaller parcels along the Deschutes River are closed to all firearm discharges. Some areas on the map are closed to shooting seasonally, Feb. 1 to August 31.

One woman told NewsChannel21 how she discovered her dog got caught in a baited metal trap near the the Horse Ridge Trailhead east of Bend.

Makenna Tague, a Central Oregon resident, said she was running on the trail with her dog about half a mile from the trailhead. As she was running, she said her dog would frequently run to her and then away. However, at one point she heard him yelp loudly and followed his voice to find his foot in a baited trap that she estimated was 30 to 40 feet away from the trail.

According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, traps should not be placed within 50 feet of well-established trails. However, the definition of a "well-established trail" is unclear.

The hunting trap did have a ribbon on it to indicate danger, and ODFW reported that it is, in fact, trapping season.

However, that brings into question whether people are aware of what to look out for.

For general rules of safety, ODFW spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy encourages dog owners to make sure their dogs are under voice control if they're not on a leash.

And while hunting concerns are voiced by many dog owners, she said it's important for people to protect their animals from interacting with game, which can create an opportunity for injury.

Schroeder offers advice to dog owners everywhere.

"We need to be vigilant. We just, unfortunately -- we need to be on the alert and looking for suspicious activity, or you know, an unusual vehicle being out there, or something that just doesn’t set right," Schroeder said.

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  1. I think the fur trap story comes up about every two or three years.

    Personally, traps are awful as this is not the 19th Century. Better than poison, but that’s not saying much.

          1. If you are so sure that the people of Central Oregon are Klownz, then why are you still here. It’s a free country and you are free to MOVE to any place you like. Just, please, do so soon.

            1. Agreed! Many of the CLOWNS are Cali or Valley transplants who think CO should be like the HOLE they moved away from. Not all, just a disproportionate number.

        1. TioZo
          Actually, leeches are still used in hospitals. If a finger is accidentally amputated, or your nose, ear, etc., sterile (grown in a lab) leeches are used to get blood flow to that body part.
          It’s rare here in Central Oregon hospitals, but, in my career, I have used them once…and they are fascinating little creatures.

    1. Yep. “Legal” cruelty is still cruelty. The leg-hold traps are barbaric and have no place in the 21st century.
      As for the criminal shooter who killed a dog while illegally shooting on BLM, if TIPs works (and it has) we can hope he/she will be brought to justice. Responsible gun owners and hunters also want these armed clowns brought down.

        1. So was slavery years ago. Just because something has been done for a long time doesn’t make a reasonable argument for keeping it around. I’m not making a case for or against here, but you’re not making a case for it with this weaksauce stance. Try harder.

  2. Keep your dogs on a leash or stay home!! When I am out hiking I don’t want someone’s dog running up to me and jumping on me. Control your dogs!!!

      1. Every dog is good until that teeny tiny remnant of the wolf gene appears for just that split second, triggered by who knows what. That’s all it takes for the damage to be done.

  3. The individual who shot and killed this pet needs to be located, identified, and cited / brought to trial.

    The vast majority of Oregonians are not aware Oregon is at the forefront of protecting animals.

    “A person who knowingly, intentionally or recklessly causes serious physical injury to an animal such that there is a substantial risk of death or lengthy impairment or disability, or cruelly causes the death of an animal, has committed animal abuse in the first degree. As in animal abuse in the second degree, practices of good animal husbandry are not within the scope of the law. For a first offense,
    animal abuse in the first degree is a misdemeanor. However, if the person has a
    prior assault conviction involving domestic violence, or if the abuse takes place in front of a minor, the crime is a Class C felony.”

    And the direct link between violence against animals and violence against human beings is clear.

    It is hoped DCSO will make this investigation a priority for its Patrol and Animal Control deputies as it is a felony crime.

    And happens elsewhere in Oregon with local law enforcement taking it seriously.

    1. Thank you Cardiac. These are great links and it is high time these type crimes were taken seriously. Central Oregon is still home to a culture of “We’ve always done it this way”. However, human evolution has brought some good progress in the area of animal and human welfare we just need to keep the momentum and let those who don’t care or don’t want to be a part of progress “age out”.

    2. Actually before you deem everyone guilty shouldn’t we know more of the story and why the shot was made? Random or “just for fun” shooting I am with you but…..

  4. One of the neighbor’s dogs charged at me in my parking lot the other day, stopped when I picked up a club. If I had been in reach of something more lethal we would not need to worry about that dog ever charging anyone again – justifiable.

  5. Easy there elitist on this site…so you want to eliminate a person’s income from trpping so you can walk your dog off leash? How selfish. What happened to everyone needs to work together? You know do their part. Maybe a better solution would be educate yourself about trapping/hunting seasons and avoid the wilderness during those times. If your that concerned.

    1. In re-reading the original story –

      There were four rounds fired at the animal and apparently from cover –

      When the shooter heard the owner yelling she/he ran to their truck and sped off –

      There is, as of yet, no indication the shooter was involved in hunting or trapping, either legally or illegally –

      If legally, then the shooter would have/should have contacted the owner and gone from there as to “why” –

      This individual may just as well been out fussing around with his/her firearm, saw the animal, and just figured “what the hell…I’ll shoot it”.

      Regardless, if the shooter doesn’t have the intestinal fortitude to contact DCSO on his/her own – then anyone out there who may have heard him/her tell their dog-killing story after the fact should call the Sheriff’s Office.

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