A hiker in Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina was injured after he stepped on a nail trap while accessing a trail commonly used by hunters.
According to the Citizen-Times, Tyler Mayo was hiking with friends in a remote area of Pisgah National Forest when he felt a searing pain in his foot. When he looked down he discovered he had stepped on a board with two-inch nails sticking out of it.
One of Tyler’s Friends also stepped on different board but the nails did not pernitrate the thick soled shoes, plus she noticed the trap before putting down her full weight.
When they examined the traps they noticed one of the traps had the words “PETA Pay Bak” scrawled on them. Presumably a reference to the fringe and sometimes extreme animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
According to Tyler the trail is commonly used by hunters and thinks that may be the reason the traps were placed.
“Usually no one’s there. It’s almost exclusively used by hunters but has single track mountain biking trails as well. Sometimes you’ll see people walking their dogs out there,” Mayo said.
He also does not think the traps were set by the organization, but believes hunting was the motive.
“I don’t think the organization PETA had anything to do with it or would condone it. It’s just speculation, but I think it has something to do with hunting – either a disgruntled hunter or a disgruntled animal rights activist,” he said.
PETA has denied any involvement and has condemned the setting of traps and has even offered a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for attempting to harm hikers and their dogs.
Conveniently missing from their statement is any mention of harm coming to the hunters that according to Mayo, the trail is almost exclusively used by them.
In all likelihood this is not a cooperate PETA sponsored action, but more than likely a lone wolf type of targeting of hunters. So be safe out when you go out and watch your step.