It is shocking but true: another raccoon injured by multiple leg-hold traps has been located. On the heels of the news of a White Rock raccoon seen with with one these devices stuck to her paw, Critter Care Wildlife Society received a Vancouver-area raccoon with similar injuries.
The raccoon, found near the 400 block of East 11th Avenue, had a self-amputated front paw and a leg-hold on her rear leg – similar to the one from White Rock.
Initially, it was thought this could be the same raccoon – but to travel from White Rock to Vancouver with only two functioning paws would be beyond difficult.
What this likely means is that even more of these traps are scattered throughout urban centres of British Columbia – and our government is accepting that. Numerous municipalities have either created by-laws banning the use of traps or are awaiting Minister Steve Thompson’s approval.
We’d set up a petition to the Minister, demanding action. But we’ve done that, and he’s ignored us. So we’re going to ask you to support the call for a ban in White Rock. Every single municipality that pushes to have a ban in place puts even more pressure on the province to fully allow these bans. And maybe then, the animals will be safe.
We're also putting out the word – a $1,000 reward is being offered for anyone with information about the Vancouver incident that leads to the identification and conviction of the person(s) responsible for setting these traps.
Photos of Vancouver raccoon provided by Critter Care Wildlife Society.
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