Almanack Contributor Brian Shapiro

Brian Shapiro

Brian Shapiro is New York State Director for The Humane Society of the United States. As a former legislator in Ulster County, NY, he chaired the County Environmental Committee and served as the executive director of the Ulster County SPCA. He is also a trained veterinary assistant.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Viewpoint: Adirondack Trapping and Your Pet’s Safety

raccoon trappingDuring the winter season, New York trappers will continue setting leghold and “Conibear,” or body-crushing, traps throughout the countryside. Their goal is to capture coyotes, foxes, bobcats and other wildlife.

These devices are frequently placed around trails and roads enjoyed by hikers, nature enthusiasts and their companion animals. Unfortunately, pet owners remain largely unaware that such devices could lie in wait, threatening our dogs, cats and other unintended targets. » Continue Reading.