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RCMP warning snowmobilers of booby traps

A rope spanning a trail was found in the Cornwall area...

If you, or anyone in your family rides a snowmobile, this is scary.

The RCMP is warning of booby traps being set up, targetting sledders in Ontario.

The one they found was in the Cornwall area where a rope had been strung across a bridge, spanning the trail.

A couple of snowmobilers were able to escape injury by ducking when their sled came into contact with the rope.

Police believe this wasn't an accident, and the rope was intentionally placed there.

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  1. Patrick posted on 03/05/2014 09:24 AM
    I guess at least the lead snowmobile now need those "wire diverters" on the front like helicopters and low flying aircraft have started to sprout. It is sad to think that someone would do this to intentionally injure or kill someone. If they didn't mean that, but to only slow or stop them, then they would have flagged the rope with reflective flagging had they thought beyond their flared nostrils.
    1. Katrensky posted on 03/05/2014 06:08 PM
      @Patrick I have encountered booby traps on my bicycle on the bike trail someone had placed and beam on to pole at head level I was not as lucky I ended up hitting my head on it and waking up a few moments later
    2. Phil posted on 03/06/2014 10:31 AM
      @Patrick I ride a trail bike and have even seen barbed wire across a trail!
    3. James posted on 03/07/2014 07:11 PM
      @Patrick while you can feel sorry for any snowmobilers that get caught in these traps, for a lot of them it serves them right, when they constantly trespass on private property, and piss off land owners!! it doesnt even have to be a "booby trap". i know a lot of snowmobilers that have been going 80+ km/h and run into an "invisible" barb wire fence!!!
  2. shawn posted on 03/05/2014 11:35 AM
    WOW!!!....That is pretty disgusting behaviour...how could people be so intent on doing harm to others.........sad.
  3. joe posted on 03/05/2014 11:41 AM
    These people do this so that they can steal the sleds they put the ropes across the trail so that they knock the rides off and after hitting a rope at 30 mph you wont be getting up to fight anyone... the low lives sit in the trees and when your laying on the ground they ride off with your sled.....
    1. K Nutbee posted on 03/05/2014 12:29 PM
      @joe I doubt that . That rope would take a head clean off at 30 mph. Police should be doing there best to track the perps and put them in jail for a long time. Sick
    2. dorian posted on 03/05/2014 01:22 PM
      @joe hmmm Joe??...you're not speaking from experience.... are you???
    3. Dan posted on 03/05/2014 05:59 PM
      @dorian @Dorian, Joe is right; my cousin was killed in an accident of this nature about 25 years ago. The problem is that, with your hands on the grips, the rope won't go under your arms, it will ride up your arms, and the first thing it will catch on is your throat. Whether it will take the head of or not doesn't matter; you're not likely to survive a blow to the throat like that at any kind of speed.
    4. Carl posted on 03/06/2014 10:19 AM
      @dorian By that logic you must be guilty of every crime that you're aware of.
    5. Robert Boucher posted on 03/07/2014 09:22 AM
      @K Nutbee screw jail. just leave the lowlives to die to exposure. they are only a drain on humanity
  4. johnyb posted on 03/05/2014 11:48 AM
    they do this all over lunenburg county .. it isnt the first time .. someone actually did run into one close to riverport a year or so ago .. i used to have a atv myself but i had sold it because of this .. its all fun and games till you become decapitated
    1. derek posted on 03/05/2014 05:23 PM
      @johnyb i cant believe some of the comments! how does his pic mean he wants to shoot people commenting on this? people living in fear. tighten up those drapes i can see you inside. gonna... git ya!
  5. frank posted on 03/05/2014 12:13 PM
    Any person that would intentionally do something like this to hurt people is sick. They need to be caught and punished to the limit. To me they are sick, jealous,deranged,big time total losers.
    1. George posted on 03/06/2014 11:22 AM
      @frank Maybe they're land owners pissed that snow mobilers and ATV'ers are ILLEGALLY trespassing !!
    2. Sarah posted on 03/06/2014 11:50 AM
      @George As you can see in this picture this is a groomed trail which means sleds are aloud to be on there. I sled all winter every winter, this is just sickening! To have this forever in the back of your mind, knowing there may be some sort of obstacle that will possibly throw you off your sled is horrifying. If a land owner does NOT want snowmobiles or ATV's on their property there is signs they can post or even contact the trail groomers themselves to let them know of this. And 90% of the people who ride will respect signs/trails and avoid trespassing!!
    3. @adam posted on 03/06/2014 11:53 AM
      @George It's still illegal to do this even if they're trespassing, the rope must be clearly visible and marked otherwise you're liable for any injuries resulting.
    4. Lynn posted on 03/06/2014 12:05 PM
      @George @George Reread the article. It says the rope was across a "trail". There are plenty of legal trails in Ontario used respectfully. I doubt the bridge is on private property, therefore, this was not an attempt to stop trespassers. And killing someone for trespassing is still far too extreme.
    5. Rylan posted on 03/06/2014 12:08 PM
      @George It says in the article it's on a trail, and unless you have no trespassing signs up the field is considered fair game, but for someone to hang a rope across a trail, that's sick although I have seen it done with barbed wire
    6. Mark posted on 03/06/2014 12:09 PM
      @George Well my guess is that maybe a sign might be better than injury. Let the police deal with "ILLEGALLY TRESPASSING" people. Really, your going to defend these people??
    7. Kevin posted on 03/06/2014 01:31 PM
      @George @Frank the RCMP would not be involved like this if it were illegally trespassing. And they clearly state it was on the trails. Think before you make outrageous comments
    8. Bob posted on 03/06/2014 02:09 PM
      @George @frank maybe land owners should find a LEGAL way to deal with the issue, and not possibly kill someone's dad or husband, or kill a child riding a sled. Absolutely no excuse for this type of behaviour. ILLEGAL or not, it is disgusting & psychotic.
    9. Jonny b bad posted on 03/06/2014 04:16 PM
      @George Well George you would think there would be a better way then to try to cut their heads off, yes I can understand some people getting upset at people on their land, but to endanger someone's lives.... You would have to be nuts
    10. Andrew posted on 03/06/2014 05:48 PM
      @George Then take measures to make the rope visible..... + Canadian law states even if you are trespassing if you get hurt by a landowners negligence, (in this case intent to harm) you can take legal action over it.
    11. Mike posted on 03/06/2014 08:41 PM
      @George murder, or assault with intent to harm or maim is just as illegal as trespassing. Anyone that injures themselves on your property is within the law to sue you as well. Some land owner might think they are "gona show them" but in reality they are potentially bringing huge lawsuits or criminal charges down upon themselves, however, I am inclined to agree with you. It is just as likely as a thief that some land owner is just pissed at them crossing their land. The one thing in the story though this was a snowmobile trail so I am assuming that it is not private land but some park with a trail designated for snow snowmobiling. Unless some misguided land owner thinks that spot of land belongs to them.

      It could also just be some sick deranged waste of carbon that wants to do harm to other people for no reason.
    12. Mark posted on 03/06/2014 09:00 PM
      @George That picture as taken on public property. If someone trespassing on your land notify police. Wanting to kill or maim someone because they cross your land is pretty messed up and against the law.
      *choice words here*
    13. George F posted on 03/06/2014 11:03 PM
      @George so we can charge the land owner for attempt of murder? Or do we wait till someone gets killed. obviously you don't ride a sled,quad, or a bike. so your safe and your opinion doesn't really help or matter. Is that why you think this is the right why to deal with the situation? a gate or a fence is the way to keep people off your property. or did you put the rope there?
    14. Andrew posted on 03/07/2014 03:17 AM
      @George Then take measures to make the rope visible..... + Canadian law states even if you are trespassing if you get hurt by a landowners negligence, (in this case intent to harm) you can take legal action over it.
    15. I <3 winter posted on 03/07/2014 06:47 AM
      @George @George the article says "spanning the trail". There are approved trails that land owners generously give their consent so that snowmobilers can enjoy their sport. And snowmobilers pay for this priviledge through a trail pass that provides insurance to the land owner if their land gets damaged. Additionally if you're "pissed" you don't string up a line that won't be seen in the dark until the last minute to do potential harm. You put up a big orange baracade. Just because you're "pissed" doesn't give you the right to injure people.
    16. Matt posted on 03/07/2014 09:29 AM
      @George If that were the case, the story would be about the police arresting the land owner.
    17. Tony posted on 03/07/2014 10:34 AM
      @George @George.......right, so that gives them the right to kill or seriously injure someone for trespassing on land on snow machines or atvs, which of course cause so much damage to property......NOT!!!. get real george...how can you possibly defend the actions of such cowardly people.far too many idiots out there these days.
    18. Annelise posted on 03/07/2014 12:39 PM
      @George It says these are being found across provincial snowmobiling trails therefor there is no reason for private landowners to be doing this. If private landowners are doing this they should be charged for assault or murder if someone is killed. They are intentionally trying to hurt or kill people and last time I checked George that's ILLEGAL in Canada wether it's on their property or not. Perhaps you should check into the legalities before you go encouraging people to do this on their properties.
    19. Al posted on 03/07/2014 01:36 PM
      @George Doesnt mean that it's ok to harm or kill someone! Should never come to this; trespassing or not.
    20. cindy vacroy posted on 03/07/2014 03:41 PM
      @George I am an observer ...don't ride and don't care to..but just reading the ignorant peoples remarks amazes me to no end. Have you had anything precious in your life and say you put up private property signs, no trespassing, and to no avail?? Have you had your horses break their legs because these idiots chased them until they fell on their skidoo's? Or have them cut all the fence wire down and your herd of heifers got loose and got in the road and got killed? No I don't agree the rope method, but then you call the cops and they say oh well....I don't blame the land owners for going to the extent they have to on their OWN PRIVATE LAND...
    21. Jim posted on 03/07/2014 04:55 PM
      @George Sounds like what a no trespassing sign is for dumbass
    22. Todd posted on 03/07/2014 07:14 PM
      @George So you combat illegal trespassing by illegally trying to kill or injure someone? They have signs and law enforcement to LEGALLY deter someone from trespassing. This isn't the 18th century anymore, you can't just kill/hurt people because you feel wronged.
    23. Dave posted on 03/09/2014 10:39 AM
      @George George, come on now. Are u seriously saying that because someone trespasses they should have their head cut off by a rope?? I own land and people trespass on it all the time, it annoys me yes but to date nothing has been wrecked and I'm not out any money. Do I think about setting up traps that could kill somebody?? Absolutely not! Now if they are coming on my land to do harm to me or my family by all means...off with their heads but not for simply riding an atv or snowmobile across a field .
    24. Wally posted on 03/14/2014 06:30 AM
      @George Even IF it were a landowner, upset with illegal trespassers, stringing a rope across a trail is intentionally trying to cause bodily harm. Put up a barricade, a sign, or a fence if you are really that annoyed with sledders.
  6. Heather posted on 03/05/2014 01:10 PM
    What a sick person to think about doing something like this just for kicks. I can't believe there are so many unhappy people in this world. Right there for the killing, ruining someone's life and causing pain to so many people. They need to stop and take a break and try and turn their negativity into something positive and help change this world we live in.
    I just hope they catch the people responsible and a lot of time these acts are not done by kids, it adults that do this kind of stuff...... Just sick individuals!!!!!
  7. Mike posted on 03/05/2014 03:52 PM
    one incident and "all" of Ontario should be worried. wow! Scare tactics being used once again by police. great job boys! Earn that pension!!!!!!!!
    1. evan posted on 03/05/2014 04:03 PM
      @Mike Its not just one spot in Ontario. For the past few years (at least), in the parkhill/strathroy regions people ha e been digging trenches in trails.
    2. Bill posted on 03/05/2014 04:16 PM
      @evan @Mike Really?? lol I have heard of this for years and it happens more then we hear about . I actually have a friend that this happened too a year ago.. Broke the windshield and hand guards right off his sled . That was in the Niagara Region...
    3. Jim posted on 03/05/2014 04:35 PM
      @Mike All it takes is one time and it could end someones life.
    4. Chris posted on 03/06/2014 07:40 AM
      @Mike Mike, it's not a scare tactic it's a warning to the public to be careful when your out sledding. I can tell from your negative attuidtude you have had run in with law enforcement which was negative Two things, stop doing stupid stuff to get yourself in trouble and second don't paint all police officers with same brush. 90% are good people.

      So when police give public warning about parolee getting out living in your neighbourhood is that a scare tactic too. Grow up mike!!
    5. Heather posted on 03/06/2014 10:19 AM
      @Mike You don't know if this only one incident. You'd probably be the first one whining if the police didn't report it and someone got hurt. Just can't please some people!
    6. Rick posted on 03/06/2014 01:19 PM
      @evan Evan where was this at I live in Strathroy and use these trails all the time. I have been lucky enough to not have had this problem but any information like this is always good to have. THANKS 22995522
    7. Carol posted on 03/06/2014 03:41 PM
      @Mike it's not one incident. This happens all over, and not just in winter. In Thunder Bay about a year ago, someone strung FISHING LINE across a bike path commonly used by FAMILIES!!!! This is just people being jerks. The police in Thunder Bay caught the perps who did this, and these young adults had the gall to say "it was just a joke, we didn't mean it". Since when is toying with some strangers existence a joke?! The police are right to caution people, but people should not be cowed into staying home and not enjoying their outdoor time...take a few extra precautions, and then go on LIVING your lives. Don't be a coward & hide...or the idiot who caused the problem in the first place wins as if you did fall prey to their "trap".
    8. Annelise posted on 03/07/2014 01:10 PM
      @Mike I have alot of friends who sled and quite frankly I don't see this as a scare tactic. Obviously you don't ride because if you did you would know that most people ride at night or in dusk like conditions. As you can see from the picture that rope would be awfully hard to see once the sun sets. I have shared this information with everyone I know not because it's a scare tactic but because it is a good warning to keep your eye out. And if you were to have read the comments people have posted you would realize that this is more than just a single incident. Call it a scare tactic if you will but don't critisize or say it's uncalled for. I would much rather spread this message then have to go to a funeral for a friend who died as a result of ignorance about this.
    9. Will posted on 03/08/2014 10:57 PM
      @Mike I prayed for you last night Mike, I asked god to give all the people who didn't have a clue to give them one. Mike you are one stupid individual, its amazing you remember to breathe. Don't blame the police and yes the police should warn everyone about this. Nobody wants anyone they know to get hurt by this
  8. sarah posted on 03/05/2014 05:24 PM
    When its 3:00 in the morning and you are trying to sleep and there are 6 skidoos being idiots in the field behind you.. I can totally understand where this person is coming from
    1. Harold posted on 03/05/2014 05:40 PM
      @sarah What a ridiculous way to think. So because some people riding snowmobiles keep you up, it's worth a (more than likely) unrelated riders potential life? Intelligent.
    2. Kristi posted on 03/05/2014 06:08 PM
      @sarah Maybe try filing a noise complaint before potentially killing someone. Wow, what a deranged way of thinking! Sad.
    3. Krista posted on 03/05/2014 07:32 PM
      @sarah @sarah Are you for real? Noise is bothering your sleep so it's ok to try and kill someone. Seriously, what an insane way of thinking!
    4. Carter posted on 03/05/2014 09:23 PM
      @sarah So your going to decapitate someone for making noise by your house at 3am? Very intelligent comment there Sarah
    5. Rhonda posted on 03/05/2014 10:31 PM
      @sarah @sarah Look in the mirror Sarah and you will see what an IDIOT really looks like.
    6. blaine posted on 03/06/2014 07:01 AM
      @Rhonda Your an idiot why would it matter what time it's not like you got toget up early for anything let me guess loser mother on well fair with 7 kids from 7 daddy's
    7. blaine posted on 03/06/2014 07:05 AM
      @sarah Your an idiot why would it matter what time it's not like you got toget up early for anything let me guess loser mother on well fair with 7 kids from 7 daddy's
    8. Greg posted on 03/06/2014 07:10 AM
      @sarah You are completely brain dead, if the sleds are permitted to be there you should move to the city where you belong, if the sleds are not permitted to bethere then take appropriate acttions to correct the problem but to wish thison anyone would be similar to us sledders wishing you get hit by a car today...and I do!222
    9. sandie posted on 03/06/2014 07:39 AM
      @sarah you can UNDERSTAND why we should KILL people if they wake you up???
    10. Tim Gavin posted on 03/06/2014 07:48 AM
      @sarah @sarah So if you have a dog that barks at night I have the right to come over and kill it? Your kid hit a baseball through my window, so I can go break his arm? I don't like what you have to say, so I can come by and break your jaw? I don't like your music so I can visit violence upon you? I don't like your gas guzzing SUV so I'll just hit you with a baseball bat to make my point.Tell you the same thing I told the ass who complained about me rabbit hunting. If you don't like it, move back to the city.
    11. Sean posted on 03/06/2014 07:48 AM
      @blaine @Blaine Are you kidding me? The only one who sounds like an idiot here is the original poster Sarah and yourself? Do the world a favour and remove yourself from the gene pool.
    12. Tim Gavin posted on 03/06/2014 07:49 AM
      @sarah @sarah So if you have a dog that barks at night I have the right to come over and kill it? Your kid hit a baseball through my window, so I can go break his arm? I don't like what you have to say, so I can come by and break your jaw? I don't like your music so I can visit violence upon you? I don't like your gas guzzling SUV so I'll just hit you with a baseball bat to make my point.Tell you the same thing I told the ass who complained about me rabbit hunting. If you don't like it, move back to the city.
    13. Brad posted on 03/06/2014 09:05 AM
      @sarah You are a complete moron Sarah.....go back to quilting
    14. les posted on 03/06/2014 10:06 AM
      @Kristi most sled / quad riders are very responsible ppl. but when a land owner is driven to the limit , then he might respond inappropriatly ,after the 20th time that the cows have been out,and the fence was cut hrs. after he spent 1/2 a day fixing it, when he looses livestock every yr cause of broken bottles and the grain bins and machinery are shot full of holes ,when fires are left burning in the pasture ,when the gas tanks of his trucks have holes punched in them by ATVrs out of gas,when he fears for the safety of his family with ATVs traveling at a high rate of speed feet from his house then he may loose perspective , there are enough idiots on the road but there are more with off road vec.
    15. James posted on 03/06/2014 11:57 AM
      @sarah If there 6 people being idiots behind you, let it out on them. don't be an idiot yourself and hurt somebody innocent. This was a trail on a bridge buddy!! How would you like it if somebody shot at you while you were in a car because somebody was doing donuts behind his house in a car? Smart like tractor tire.
    16. Paul Taylor posted on 03/06/2014 02:12 PM
      @sarah ARE YOU INSANE? just because you hear snowmobiles at 3AM doesn't give you the right to kill someone...I live on a river that sees scores of sledders day and night and I don't even hear them anymore...like living in a flight path...you get used to it... I have never heard anything so stupid in my life
    17. Bob posted on 03/06/2014 02:12 PM
      @sarah Surely you took into account the possibility of snowmobiles, atvs, etc, when you chose to live where you do. No excuse for vigilante justice!!
    18. Amber posted on 03/06/2014 02:20 PM
      @les Clearly you are just as stupid as sarah. These are LEGAL trails that people are putting dangerous traps in! And even if theyre illegal, do u think decapitating someone is what they deserve? Theres way more you can do. Putting signs up, rope with proper safety lights, and if it really bothered them that much, cameras. Not death traps.
    19. BP posted on 03/06/2014 03:23 PM
      @sarah So you're condoning murder Sarah?
      Or did you just speak from frustration, without actually considering the consequences of what you were saying?

      Say you got annoyed but he ten ages in the field and set up a booby trap... only the next day some family is coming home from town and hits your trap.

      No, you might be able to understand, but I don't, not even a little.
    20. Trudy posted on 03/08/2014 06:28 PM
      @sarah wow Sarah- I would hope to gawd you don't have babies - what would you do to them for keeping you from your oh so precious sleep? and I'm pretty sure the sledders aren't out every night of the week just to disturb you.!
    21. Will posted on 03/08/2014 11:05 PM
      @sarah So Sarah if someone is doing something and you are making noise then that person has the right to crack you over the head with a baseball bat? You take stupid to a new level Sarah. And you are also stupid enough to move next to a snowmobile trail and you don't like snowmobiles. Congrats you can now go tell your family that you have been voted dumbest idiot in Canada. You should go meet Mike, he is dumber than a fence post and even he is smarter than you
  9. me posted on 03/05/2014 05:33 PM
    Maybe the trails are running across native land. you see what they do to the highways.
    1. errol posted on 03/06/2014 10:06 AM
      @me no……we love snowmobiling …its fun and we have all the free land (100 of acres of reserves) to ride around in…while ur limited to a trail…..and believe me, this sick snowmobile game pissed a lot of us as well……as for the highway….we're just tryna make sure ur children have clean safe drinking water … if needing oil is better than needing water…then yea…maybe we should stop that atrocity
    2. WD posted on 03/06/2014 10:54 AM
      @me What does this have to do with aboriginal people? Seriously this is about a sick individual/people that apparently put up a rope across a snowmobile trail. (We don't know exactly where it happened, nor do we even know that it did happen. If so was it done with malicious intent?) Whether it was on private property, public trails or anywhere else is irrelevant!

      I agree with the other poster that said this was one incident and wreaks of media scare hype and is not necessarily representative of what goes on all across Ontario yet it does happen and should be addressed.

      To me the main issue at hand is why someone would be willing to potentially injure another person to such a great extent because they didn't want them riding their snowmobile down a trail. It doesn't take a genius to know that at just about any speed hitting a rope/wire could decapitate someone.

      I can sympathize with those that have commented how annoying irresponsible snowmobilers can be (especially when alcohol is involved); yet does this mean that it's become ok in our country to try to take someones head off?

      Some of this reminds me of the ridiculous situations that often arise in the US and people talk about their "rights" after shooting someone.

      I'm proud to be able to live in our country and the values that most of us hold that includes respecting other people.
      I'm saddened that this would occur here, and am thankful that no one was seriously injured. I wish the first two riders that found it had just taken it down.
      I really disagree with the media using examples like this to sensationalize a story and lastly I worry when I hear the responses of so many that seem to think its justified to hurt someone else because they've upset you.
    3. Mark posted on 03/06/2014 09:09 PM
      @WD I'm 5th gen Canadian, not aboriginal. Your first post said it all.
      I 100% agree.nicely done.

      And we could run snowmobiles on mostly alcohol.:)
    4. anon posted on 04/23/2014 09:29 PM
      @me Yeah and when someone booby traps a playground in Toronto what's your favorite racial group to blame then? Maybe the darkies or the orientals? You racist f*#k.
  10. Anonymous posted on 03/05/2014 06:01 PM
    I don't know about Ontario, but some snowmobile enthusiasts can be a pretty ignorant bunch, especially when they're liquored up. If they're constantly trespassing on land they've been warned to avoid, or knowingly harassing wildlife on said land... Well, sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands. Just sayin'...
    1. Siob8 posted on 03/05/2014 06:45 PM
      @Anonymous @anonymous what a ridiculous thing to say. That's like saying "this person won't stop bullying me, I'm going to take matters into my own hands and take their lives". You are not the law, not are you above it. There are appropriate ways to handle the situation, like making complaints and calling the police. Think about what you say before you post it on a public forum, especially when it involves the potential loss of life.
    2. Krista posted on 03/05/2014 07:34 PM
      @Anonymous You people are unreal! Whoever did this is a sick individual.
    3. Anonymous posted on 03/05/2014 07:42 PM
      @Siob8 @Siob8 - Oh, I thought about this post before I commented on it. When you are at your wit's end with idiots, sometimes a vigilante approach is the only option you're left with (This works great with bullies, too!). Ropes are a simple, low-brow approach to the problem but serve as a warning for riders who have no business being in the areas they are constantly trespassing in. They snare the snowmobile- unless the idiots are going so fast and are so boozed up that they "get injured". Oops.
    4. stephanie posted on 03/05/2014 08:05 PM
      @Anonymous i agree that you should try to make complaints and go about it the lawful way (even if the riders are disregarding the laws), but so often in many rural areas the police or RCMP simply cannot enforce laws or follow up on complaints. I don't blame people for taking matters into their own hands but this could kill people. Throw some big rocks or lumber or something down to deter riders or damage their sleds sure, but not to kill someone. That's going too far.
    5. Anonymous posted on 03/05/2014 08:07 PM
      @Anonymous Im not condoning this action but...

      A person could spend months on the phone with the police and have nothing to show for it.

      Spend a half an hour putting up a rope and people avoid an area at night for fear of decapitation.
    6. Bre posted on 03/05/2014 09:31 PM
      @Anonymous Interesting comments....but let me start another shi*tstorm for the righteous snowmobile owners. As a landowner subject to the harassment of people who are drunk, stoned, unlicensed, unregistered....or irresponsible....why should I tolerate you conducting your high speed mindless 'sport' on my land where my kids play..my dog walks and where I enjoy my freedom not available in the city. Your righteous indignation in the actions of others are the results of previous irresponsible behaviour.

      Your rights do not begin because you ignored the rights of others.

      Is it reasonable to think if this rope was placed to slow you down.....that there was just a random act of thuggery? Or if injury occurred in the nighttime, operators of snow machines have a responsibility to act responsibly?

      Some, NOT ALL snowmobiles are a special kinda of stupid! And true, maybe you are bashing really one of your own kind....using a different sport!
    7. sandie posted on 03/06/2014 07:38 AM
      @Anonymous Everyone we ride with does not drink and sled..do not let the few idiots paint everyone with the same brush..it is the same as drinking and driving..the few who do give all a bad name???
    8. Shayne posted on 03/06/2014 09:06 AM
      @sandie It doesn't matter what your reasons are for setting a booby trap! It's against the law! Just because your having problems with snowmobilers or bullies, it doesn't give you the right to set traps to take the law into your own hands. You can be charged for setting traps, and face even more charges if your trap damages someone else's property, or even worse, injures or kills somebody.
    9. Brad posted on 03/06/2014 09:14 AM
      @Bre You too are an absolute waste of a Human being. Mindless sport? Wtf do you base that on? Snowmobilers are from all walks if life. We are organized, responsible and those of us who are beyond the age of 18 are people like your doctor, lawyer and law abiding citizens. You sir need to educate yourself and if not do the gene pool a favour and don't reproduce moron
    10. Anonymous posted on 03/09/2014 10:43 PM
      @Siob8 A rope is the least of their concerns, hell who knows somebody could have been laying out landmines, just a few feet under the snow.
  11. Crystal posted on 03/05/2014 09:05 PM
    Question, was this rope spread out on private property that these snowmobilers were tresspassing on? I realize that two wrongs don't make a right and that clotheslining someone and hurting them is much more serious than driving a snowmobile across someone's land, but there is something to be said for having the respect to obtain permission to be on a piece of land. Perhaps the person that set this up got tired of trespassers..
    1. Brad posted on 03/06/2014 12:57 AM
      @Crystal I don't think you understand how fragile a windpipe is... "Hurt" is a gross understatement when it comes to being clotheslined in the neck. Think of all that body weight that would be stopped just by your neck, all that force could easily kill or set someone up for a slow death. If you want to keep people off your property, try a gate, something more visible like a couple of boards. This was obviously set up by someone who is not stable enough to be on their own ( too stupid to realize [and that would take a lot of stupid], or too unstable).
    2. sandie posted on 03/06/2014 07:36 AM
      @Crystal it clearly says across a trail
  12. km posted on 03/05/2014 09:16 PM
    Isn't putting ropes/wires up illegal ... if one of my family member died or was seriously hurt by one of these and the RCMP knew who put them up let me tell you it wouldn't be pretty and there would be a lawsuit and some jail time served in addition.
  13. Ian posted on 03/05/2014 09:25 PM
    20 Or so years ago in the Halifax region 2 snowmobilers (friends) on one sled were decapitated because someone strung up piano wire between a couple of trees on a known trail. It's discusting that people are willing to kill somebody or multiple people for something so stupid. I do not ride any recreational equipment nor do I live in an area frequented by recreational equipment. It comes with the territory. You want to live in the country, you're not the only one. Do you think I'm gonna lay a spike strip across the fire department exit because they turn on their sirens and wake me up at 3am? No.
  14. Mary Bondar posted on 03/05/2014 10:44 PM
    Its too bad that alot of people have No Respect for what belongs to others. I live in the country on an old farm that my family has restored. Most people with recreation machines own less than an acre of land and feel that other people's land is there for their use. After living here for 30 yrs. I can tell you about alot of incidents. Most of the time I would hear them coming and I would place myself on the trials and stop them (some tried to run me over, some have cursed me, threatened me, and even spit on me). After telling them they were on private property and not to come back-its like talking to yourself -they don't listen. The RCMP are not interested in helping believe me. In the spring its torn up muddy land that's left/ in winter its noise, garbage, camp fires with drinking parties and yes areas where they relieve themselves. Yes its a drastic measure illustrated here, one that I can't condone. What is the answer?
    1. Cmp77 posted on 03/05/2014 11:20 PM
      @Mary Bondar Geez Mary, is mud and noise important enough to risk your safety by stepping out in front of a moving atv or snowmobile or possibly being hurt by an aggressive rider? I share your experience and understand your frustration. One thing that has worked well for me is posting signs, not blockades of any kind, stating no trespassing, no snowmobiling, no atving, and then hanging game cameras angled to take photos of license plates. I have used that info to report several machines to the authorities who are obviously ignoring my signs. The authorities, the DNR in Nova Scotia, appreciate the info and have followed up. This has worked and I recommend it. I think we must always be careful not to paint all recreational riders with the same brush! I disagree that most riders feel that other peoples land is theirs to use and the link between drinking, disrespectful behavious etc. Are there jerks, absolutely! Just like everywhere else in life. However if you apply your logic to folks who fail to follow the rules of the road, then every car driver is disrespectful and I hope you wouldn't dream of jumping out in front of a car to stop behaviour you disagreed with. Be careful in case you do run into an idiot and play it smart, get evidence and use it against those who repeatedly trespass on your property. Not all riders are disrespectful!
    2. Cmp77 posted on 03/05/2014 11:20 PM
      @Mary Bondar Geez Mary, is mud and noise important enough to risk your safety by stepping out in front of a moving atv or snowmobile or possibly being hurt by an aggressive rider? I share your experience and understand your frustration. One thing that has worked well for me is posting signs, not blockades of any kind, stating no trespassing, no snowmobiling, no atving, and then hanging game cameras angled to take photos of license plates. I have used that info to report several machines to the authorities who are obviously ignoring my signs. The authorities, the DNR in Nova Scotia, appreciate the info and have followed up. This has worked and I recommend it. I think we must always be careful not to paint all recreational riders with the same brush! I disagree that most riders feel that other peoples land is theirs to use and the link between drinking, disrespectful behavious etc. Are there jerks, absolutely! Just like everywhere else in life. However if you apply your logic to folks who fail to follow the rules of the road, then every car driver is disrespectful and I hope you wouldn't dream of jumping out in front of a car to stop behaviour you disagreed with. Be careful in case you do run into an idiot and play it smart, get evidence and use it against those who repeatedly trespass on your property. Not all riders are disrespectful!
    3. Debbie Sipley posted on 03/06/2014 07:24 AM
      @Cmp77 She said she couldn't condone the dangerous activity of clotheslining. Where I come from that means she doesn't approve of it and would never do it herself.
    4. Will posted on 03/08/2014 11:12 PM
      @Mary Bondar So Mary the idiot says people that own less land than her family have no rights. I own less than 1 acre Mary and I make more than 5 times what you make in a year so maybe people who make less than me ( thats you ) should have no rights because I pay alot more in taxes than your rundown farm is worth. and there are over 49,000 kilometers of snowmobile trails in Ontario and snowmobilers pay for their use. Maybe we should all be against fat farm chicks commenting on newsposts. your too dumb to be a farmer Mary
  15. HaliburtonSledder posted on 03/06/2014 07:04 AM
    Unmarked obstructions kill. Deaths from unmarked chains, ropes or barriers can be prevented. Hunter's death was preventable and very tragic. Read more here: http://commonsensefence.com/
  16. michael ash posted on 03/06/2014 08:11 AM
    What are the RCMP doing patrolling the trails of Ontario? This story would be plausible if the OPP were reporting this. Just the same, this is very disturbing if it is indeed fact.
    1. Shawn posted on 03/06/2014 12:25 PM
      @michael ash @Michael In that area, I expect that the RCMP are likely patrolling trails looking for smuggling operations...
    2. michael ash posted on 03/06/2014 01:43 PM
      @Shawn Good point Shawn. I never thought of that.
  17. justin posted on 03/06/2014 10:06 AM
    thats so sad I hope these pranksters are found and delt with...
  18. LMH posted on 03/06/2014 10:32 AM
    I have encountered booby traps while driving my car. They were designed to get me out of my car to move the rope or whatever so someone could either steal my car or harm me. I'm lucky I've read news reports of such happenings so I knew better than to get out.

    Only problem for me was I was on a one way residential street. I had no choice but to back down the whole street. Lucky it was late and no other cars were around.

    This sort of behaviour and actions make me sad. I can't believe that there are so many people in this world who would wish to seriously harm or kill innocent people.
    1. WD posted on 03/06/2014 11:06 AM
      @LMH Lol Where do you live??
      Booby traps to entice you to get out of your car so they can steal your car or harm you?
      Hopefully you're kidding or at least someone with a flair for the dramatic and wild imagination.
    2. LMH posted on 03/06/2014 01:31 PM
      @WD I live in Winnipeg. I was driving through the North End (which has one of the highest crimes rates in the city).

      It very well could have been kids being shit idiots but the fact remains that people have been harmed and/or killed due to these sort of set ups.

      Maybe I am a little dramatic when I tell it, and maybe nothing would have happened if I had gotten out of my car but I'm still very grateful I didn't get out of my vehicle to find out.
    3. Amber posted on 03/06/2014 02:23 PM
      @WD There are some fucked up people in the world. You never know...
  19. Jmjgnb posted on 03/06/2014 12:38 PM
    Here in NB I've seen people string 50lb test fishing line across the trail, a few peoples seen it and ducked, however still getting nasty cuts
  20. kyle posted on 03/06/2014 01:29 PM
    well looks like a good reason to stay off groomed marked trails and rip up private land more!
  21. Marie jeanne posted on 03/06/2014 03:35 PM
    HAHA! we have a resident here in Manitoba who used to do that to snowmobilers on the river out here as well...lol i think it was done to slow people down tho. lol
    1. Jared posted on 03/07/2014 12:21 PM
      @Marie jeanne No not fun Marie this could seriously harm or even kill someone. What kind of sick person are you?
  22. Angela posted on 03/06/2014 05:00 PM
    If someone gets killed or hurt and if they can find the people responsible for doing booby traps should have to pay for their medical bills and go to court. So that way that way would have to pay for their actions. If someone gets killed that would be attempt to kill I think.
  23. Dustin posted on 03/06/2014 05:35 PM
    My parents lost a friend to the same sort of issue years ago, old farm fence with the barbed wire left up. This is disgusting.
  24. Corrie posted on 03/06/2014 08:46 PM
    I knew a 15 yr old boy that was killed by something similar. Some people are just sick
  25. Tracey posted on 03/06/2014 08:47 PM
    It did happen here in Prince Edward County a few years ago and a mother and father of 5 small children were decapitated. I don't believe any charges were laid because it was private property. I believe I heard it was a single wire had been strung at neck height that was being used as a fence. It was so sad and such a needless accident.
  26. Dylan posted on 03/06/2014 11:13 PM
    As a big snowmobiler this is obviously a huge fear of mine, i always slow down to a crawl when going between two posts or even when theres two random trees close together, but even then, a small white rope would be completly invisable , the people doing this are very very sick and i dont think theyre smart enough to realize they can kill people doing this. If were loud and annoying to you, were sorry, we truly are, we arent trying to be. Now for god sake dont going killing people because thier annoying to you.
  27. Dusty posted on 03/07/2014 01:58 AM
    I hit something like this years ago but it only got caught in the front skis and track ----I luckily didn't get hurt but it really jolted the machine when it hooked it and broke the rope
    I think the thought was stop the snowmobile instantly and have the rider fly off and get hurt

    I was only 15 at the time and just having fun with friends ------This crap can totally turn tragic if they catch the culprit they should charge him
  28. Tyler posted on 03/07/2014 09:20 AM
    Something like this happened in a town in BC years ago t