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Archive for Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Buddy the Beagle, who roamed Kanopolis Lake for 2 months, has a new home

January 3, 2012, 10:30 a.m. Updated January 4, 2012, 12:48 a.m.

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— A beagle that had been running wild at a central Kansas lake since he escaped his owner during a hunting trip in November has been captured by a concerned local resident who feared the dog wouldn’t last the winter.

Yancy Trostle of Salina lured the 15-pound dog, originally named Clay Boy, into a trap at Lake Kanopolis using a pork chop Dec. 31, The Salina Journal reported. Trostle renamed the dog Buddy and plans to keep him. He said he first saw the dog when he nearly ran him over as he drove along Kansas Highway 141.

“We were going to the cabin, and the dog ran out in front of me. I just about rolled my truck,” he said. “I hollered at him, and he took off running down the highway.”

Park rangers, maintenance workers and residents had been keeping an eye out for the dog since he fled his original owner, from South Carolina, and many left food out for him. Buddy was sometimes seen running with a herd of deer.

Deputy Salina Police Chief Carson Mansfield, who owns a cabin at the lake, said the South Carolina man had tried to find the dog but eventually left for home. The dog managed to steal food from several live traps without being caught, but snow and freezing temperatures along with area predators including coyotes, bobcats and eagles were raising concerns.

“He survived at least in part by being evasive,” Mansfield said of Buddy. “That was almost his downfall, because people couldn’t catch him.”

Worried about the harsh conditions, Mansfield put together a “calorie bomb” that included a ham bone and fat poured over dog food. The dog managed to eat it over a week’s time but again evaded capture.

Last Friday, Trostle set a live trap — combining a cage, rope, sticks and the pork chop — that secured the beagle. During breakfast on New Year’s Eve, he heard the sound of a gate slamming shut. Trostle ran outside and found the skinny dog in the trap.

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Boston_Corbett 2 years, 11 months ago

I heard they also used a poster of a lady beagle.

Enjoy the inside warmth and easy food, Buddy.

Flap Doodle 2 years, 11 months ago

You can catch lots of things using a pork chop.

MarcoPogo 2 years, 11 months ago

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bearded_gnome 2 years, 11 months ago

well, at least he's not going to be harnessed to a sled, worked to death in an inhumane race that is clearly only for the joy of killing dogs, etc.

[note, sarcastic inside ref to a former poster]

xclusive85 2 years, 11 months ago

Autie, please tell me you were joking when you asked how to lose a beagle. Have you ever been around a beagle? Especially one that isn't trained well? They take off after just about anything they can smell. And if they even see a rabbit, and are not on a leash, it's over with! They aren't coming back until they get it.

Scott Morgan 2 years, 11 months ago

How big is the cage, I'd be locked up for some breaded pork chops, mashed taters, and cream gravy. Add some real home made creamed corn and apple pie and would live in it. Homemade bread would be nice too.

1029 2 years, 11 months ago

Wow. Not cool. This dog finally won his freedom and now he has been captured by humans and this is supposed to be good news??!

Furthermore, after two months in the wilderness, it is likely that this animal has de-evolved to a degree and is probably more of a wolf-like creature now. You wouldn't want a wolf as a pet, would you? Would you even want one in your neighborhood? Those things sometimes eat small children.

Scott Morgan 2 years, 11 months ago

I still fear the sound of a Beagle pack. Even the wolf or Honey Badger is no match for a hungry 20 lb Beagle.

The African Beagle species can grow to 25 lbs or more.

somedude20 2 years, 11 months ago

My ex-wife used a pork chop to lure me into the cage of marriage but after eight years of captivity, I was able escape by playin dead and running away when she was changing the newspapers in my crate...still miss that pork chop though...."oh brain like shiny things"

WiseOne 2 years, 11 months ago

1029 really? We are talking about a beagle here... I don't even think a beagle ever knew it was a wolf. LOL. You wouldn't want a beagle in your neighborhood. Laughable.

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