By David F. Rooney
Planning on walking your dog along the Illecillewaet River? That’s fine — just don’t take your pet past the sign on the gate across the decommissioned road west of the Selkirk Saddle Club. If you do, your dog could wind up in one of the leg-hold traps set by Conservation Officer Adam Christie to trap marauding coyotes.
Some people, though, just don’t pay attention to signs. One dog was snared Wednesday when a couple took a dog for a walk and paid no attention to Christie’s hand-lettered sign. According to a friend they ignored it because it did not look official.
They managed to free the animal and it was not seriously injured, but the incident underscores the importance of paying attention to your surroundings. It also pays to be informed by reading The Current or the Times Review or by listening to local news on EZ Rock. The couple apparently was unaware of last week’s attack on Angie Threatful and her pet, Wrinkles, by a large female coyote and the subsequent setting of the snares by Christie.
Keep your pet safe. Don’t take it down past the Equestrian Grounds.