On Jan. 1, Terry and Dave Dubois and Vint and Debbi Miller set out on a hike they have taken many times, up the Pajarito Trail to Guaje Canyon and up to Chupadera Mesa. When they reached the mesa, they spotted some fake fur dangling from some fishing line, and stopped to puzzle over what it was doing there.
Suddenly Jetta, one of their four dogs, began “screaming.” When they rushed to her aid they discovered a steel trap closed on her leg.
Dave and Debbi tried to pry the jaws apart to no avail. Then Vint remembered a video he had recently seen about how to release a foothold trap, which required pressing levers on either side.
It took three of them to release Jetta. Dave and Debbi each pressed one of the high-powered levers. Terri, who was holding Jetta to calm her, was able to then pry the jaws apart and release the dog.
The trap Jetta stepped in was attached to a log right next to the trail. The trappers had dug a hollow for the trap and chained it to the log so tightly the couples had to break the branch to free it. They shudder to think that it could have been a child sitting on that log to rest.