- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A Casper family that lost three St. Bernard dogs to snares has filed a claim against the state asserting that Wyoming law doesn’t authorize trapping on state lands.

The dogs belonging to the Robert Cardenas family were all killed by snares on state land at the base of Casper Mountain in the fall of 2014.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1sN5rp6) the family filed notice of a claim last month naming the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the State Lands and Investments Board, the Board of Land Commissioners and the Wyoming State Attorney General.

Officials with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department say the snares were legal.

But lawyer Gary Shockey representing the family says state law does not permit trapping on such property and claims one snare wasn’t properly tagged.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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