Traps Threaten Massachusetts Trail Riders

Police in Lincoln, Mass., are warning equestrians to be on the lookout for green floral wire and strings with hanging mousetraps stretched across public trails, presumably to injure horses and riders. Mounted Massachusetts State Police officers discovered the first traps in August. Since then 10 others have been found at different locations on trails in the town's public conservation lands. No injuries have been reported.

Lincoln Police Department Lieutenant Kevin Kennedy said riders, joggers, and cyclists share the paths, but the traps seem to be set to specifically target equestrians, as they are set at a height at which they're most likely to be hit by someone mounted on a horse.

"They are extremely dangerous and impossible to see in the woods," he said.

Pam Dickinson was caught on the chin by a wire while trail riding her Quarter Horse on Oct. 25.

"Fortunately, I was riding at a walk, but if I had been moving any faster I could have easily fallen off or worse," she said.

The trails were originally established as bridle paths, said Dickinson, but riders frequently share them with other outdoorsmen without incident. Lincoln police are continuing to investigate. Anyone with information is asked to call 781/259-8111.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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