NEWFIELD, Maine — A bird hunter was forced to shoot his own dog after the animal was caught in a coyote trap and bit him as he tried to free it, officials said Friday.
Alberto Carva, 84, of Peabody, Mass., was hunting in the woods in Newfield when his dog became trapped in a coyote trap that had been set by Brian Cogill, according to Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service.
Carva was out hunting with a double-barreled shotgun Thursday when the dog became trapped, MacDonald said. Cogill’s trap was legally set.
As Carva tried to free the mixed-breed dog from the trap, the dog became scared and bit his master, and “wouldn’t let go to the point where [Carva] shot his own dog,” MacDonald said.
After the incident, Carva, who was bleeding badly, went to the Newfield Store and they called the York County Sheriff’s Office because it appeared he had shot himself, MacDonald said. At about the same time, Cogill called authorities to notify them of a dead dog in his trap.
Sheriff’s deputies and game wardens interviewed both men and determined neither of them had done anything wrong, MacDonald said. After game wardens helped him bury his dog, Carva was taken to Goodall Hospital in Sanford for treatment. He wasn’t seriously hurt.
MacDonald classified the incident as tragic and “an unfortunate set of circumstances.”
Chief Deputy William King of the York County Sheriff’s Office said it’s unclear whether the deceased dog is a hunting dog or a domestic pet.