OC residents share concerns about dog safety near hiking trails

“As a community, even, we are concerned with our own personal safety of course and then with our own dogs,” said one Redmond resident.

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – The gunshot death of a dog in the Cline Butte Recreation Area on New Years Eve has raised concerns about the safety of the dogs. The Richardson family dog ​​has been shot and killed on four occasions in the recreation area near Juniper Trailhead.

A resident of nearby Eagle Crest said on Tuesday he had been hiking with his dogs for the past 5 and a half years, to the Cline Butte quarry and surrounding area.

“As a community, even, we are concerned with our own personal safety of course and then with our own dogs,” said Cliff Schroeder. “Is this person going to reappear and something like that happen again? We just don’t have enough information to know that. It’s a bit annoying.”

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

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

Additionally, there are no leash laws in this area.

The BLM map shows that the lands east of Barr Road are closed to gunfire unless hunting is legal, while the historic Tumalo Canal area and the small plots along the river Deschutes are closed to all firearms fire. Certain areas of the map are closed to filming seasonally, from February 1 to August 31.

A woman told NewsChannel21 how she discovered her dog had been caught in a baited metal trap near Horse Ridge Trail, east of Bend.

Makenna Tague, a resident of central Oregon, said she was running the trail with her dog about half a mile from the trailhead. As she ran, she said her dog frequently ran towards her and then walked away. However, at one point, she heard him scream loudly and followed his voice to find her foot in a baited trap that she estimated 30 to 40 feet 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 track” is not clear.

The hunting trap featured a ribbon to indicate danger, and ODFW reported that this was actually trapping season.

However, this raises the question of whether people know what to look out for.

For general safety rules, ODFW spokesperson Michelle Dennehy encourages dog owners to ensure their dogs are under voice control if they are not on a leash.

And while many dog ​​owners voice concerns when it comes to hunting, she said it’s important for people to protect their animals from interactions with game, which can create the opportunity for injury.

Schroeder offers advice to dog owners everywhere.

“We have to be vigilant. Unfortunately, we have to be on the alert and look for any suspicious activity, or you know, an unusual vehicle out there, or something that just doesn’t work out,” said Schroeder. .