A Salina man is calling on the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks to ban kill traps on public hunting land to protect pets -- and people. Carson Mansfield -- a deputy Salina police chief -- watched his 20-month-old beagle die in the steel jaws of a conibear trap while
rabbit hunting near Kanopolis Lake on Feb. 14. Mansfield said his
dog, ``Bella,'' was dead within six minutes, despite his frantic
attempts to free her.
The traps are designed to kill small animals that are harvested for their fur. When he complained about the traps to state officials, he was
asked to appear before the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission
meeting in Topeka Thursday. Mansfield requested that the traps be
banned from public hunting lands, and asked that people who come to
Kansas to use those lands be made aware of the danger.