- May 17, 2020 at 12:00 am #3647663Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
Nick, those “hyperactive “min-pins” are aggravating. One guy on a trail I was finishing up came down with 2 of those ankle biters and NO leashes! I asked him to leash them as they were yapping at me.
When one bit my pants cuff I whacked him with a hiking pole and he yipped and ran off. The guy never said a word, likely knowing the dog deserved it. Could have been avoided with leashes. Hated to do it B/C I like dogs but no damage really done.May 18, 2020 at 11:42 am #3647897GarrettBPL Member
Ehh.. I’d be more worried about having to take them all home with me.May 20, 2020 at 6:17 pm #3648404William MollerBPL Member
@whmollerLocale: Pikes Peak Region
I am less worried aboard it feral dogs than I am about loose pets. Had a German shepherd become aggressive toward me last week; fortunately the owner showed up. He apologized. I headed a different direction, and the darned dog showed up again. The owner was again nowhere near, and I braced myself for an attack. I prepared myself to kill the dog, but once I took a defensive stance it ran off. I was attacked last year in the same area and suffered a serious dog bite. Doesn’t help that I am on blood thinners and I bleed like crazy. The owners in that case made no effort to assist me; it was five miles to the trailhead, and I bled profusely before getting it slowed to an ooze. It seems unkind but if I am on a trail now and a loose dog approaches and the owner is near I give them a warning that I will defend myself against their dog if it approaches me. I am a dog person, and I just had the best dog I ever had die, but I never allowed him to do what too many dog owners routinely allow. I do not generally carry bear spray, but I do now. And it’s not for bears. I have countered bears, mountain lions and the like, but it is the dogs that scare me.May 20, 2020 at 6:26 pm #3648409owareusa.comBPL Member
@bivysack-com-2-2Locale: East Washington
WA State Law (does not apply to wolves in the Western 2/3 of the state).
Dogs injuring stock may be killed.
It shall be lawful for any person who shall see any dog or dogs chasing, biting, injuring or killing any sheep, swine or other domestic animal, including poultry, belonging to such person, on any real property owned or leased by, or under the control of, such person, or on any public highway, to kill such dog or dogs, and it shall be the duty of the owner or keeper of any dog or dogs so found chasing, biting or injuring any domestic animal, including poultry, upon being notified of that fact by the owner of such domestic animals or poultry, to thereafter keep such dog or dogs in leash or confined upon the premises of the owner or keeper thereof, and in case any such owner or keeper of a dog or dogs shall fail or neglect to comply with the provisions of this section, it shall be lawful for the owner of such domestic animals or poultry to kill such dog or dogs found running at large.
[ 1929 c 198 § 6; RRS § 3107. Prior: 1919 c 6 § 6; 1917 c 161 § 6; RCS § 3107.]
Marauding dog—Duty of owner to kill.
*** CHANGE IN 2020 *** (SEE 6300-S.SL) ***
It shall be the duty of any person owning or keeping any dog or dogs which shall be found killing any domestic animal to kill such dog or dogs within forty-eight hours after being notified of that fact, and any person failing or neglecting to comply with the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and it shall be the duty of the sheriff or any deputy sheriff to kill any dog found running at large (after the first day of August of any year and before the first day of March in the following year) without a metal identification tag.May 20, 2020 at 7:19 pm #3648417Monte MastersonBPL Member
@septimiusLocale: Changes Often
I like it when I’m on the trail and an unleashed dog comes trotting toward me and growls as it gets close. Then I stop and the owner comes along and says “oh, he’s okay.” I get pretty nasty with dog owners like that anymore. I’ll reply “I don’t want to be harassed by your damn dog.” I mean how do I know whether the dog will bite or not? Just because some inconsiderate dog owner says “oh. he’s okay” doesn’t mean it’s true. After getting bitten once on the trail and having a number of standoffs with dogs, I’m apprehensive. Regardless, more times than not in that situation the dog owner will look at me and say “what the hell’s your problem?”
But it’s all about them, and considering the possibility of how their dog(s) might affect other hikers doesn’t enter their minds. Nor do they care. I’ve been on a lot of municipal trails that have signs clearly posted at trailheads saying ALL DOGS MUST BE ON LEASH. But probably half of the people with dogs don’t comply because they figure they are special and entitled and besides their dog don’t bite (lol), so the rules don’t apply to them. I had a state park ranger tell me that there are a number of conflicts that come to blows over unleashed dogs on the trail. I remember when Harold Fish blew a dog owner away with a 10 mm on a trail near Payson, AZ about 20 year ago, and all Harold did was fire a shot to scare the dogs away without hitting them. But he dog owner came at Harold threatening to kill him. And that come’s to the next point. If you pepper spray, hit with your trekkking pole, kick or shoot at someone’s dog you might have to face the ire of that stupid dog owner.
May 20, 2020 at 7:39 pm #3648420
- This reply was modified 5 days, 3 hours ago by Monte Masterson.
I have had to bandage my wife’s legs and repair her trousers once, when she came back from jogging. The dog owner just said ‘Oh Dear’ and ran away.
My wife and I have had to spend a month, morning and evening, vetting our neighbour’s sheep (10?) after a dog pack ripped their hind legs open during the night. (Neighbours were away.) Some of the sheep were dead by the morning; others were hobbling around on their knees. I am not kidding.
A few weeks later we had to vet the sheep of another neighbour – same thing.
Other neighbours (rural) have had similar problems.
CheersMay 22, 2020 at 5:45 am #3648574Arapiles .BPL Member
Not sure if it’s British slang, but it’s definitely Australian.May 22, 2020 at 5:06 pm #3648660Brad WBPL Member
What is the best approach when encountering off leash dogs on trail that may be aggressive?May 22, 2020 at 5:33 pm #3648668
Get a large heavy stick, and use it.
If it is a genuine feral dog it should be put down.
If it is a ‘pet’ dog allowed to attack you – it should be put down.
CheersMay 22, 2020 at 8:13 pm #3648699idesterBPL Member
@doug-iLocale: The Cascades
I disagree. If it’s a pet dog allowed to attack you, put the owner down and retrain the dog…May 22, 2020 at 8:53 pm #3648704
I would agree, except that there pesky legal problems along that route.
In the meantime, the dog is still chewing your leg.
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