If you live in Metro Vancouver, you’ve likely been through Port Coquitlam (PoCo). This small town has a rich history and beautiful walking trails. What you may not know about PoCo however, is that this community (like many other municipalities) has no trapping bylaws. You may also remember back in 2004 a dog named Brutus was killed in PoCo by a trapper hired by the city.
Recently, a skunk was found in the backyard of a Port Coquitlam resident’s home, dragging behind it a leghold trap. The animals was suffering terribly and due to his extensive injuries, was euthanized by a local wildlife rehabilation centre.
In response to this horrible discovery, our Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals is offering a $1200 reward for information leading to charges for the individual(s) responsible for setting this trap. While it is legal to set a leg-hold trap 200 metres from a dwelling in the province of BC, it is illegal to use a leghold trap for skunks. We also have concerns this trap was set close to someone’s home and perhaps more traps are still out there.
If you have any information about this incident, please contact our office at 604-435-1850 or email Lesley@thefurbearers.com
Please SPEAK OUT AGAINST TRAPPING CRUELTY.
Please ask the City of Port Coquitlam BC to be an example for other communities to follow, and ban the use of all bodygripping traps – leghold, Conibear and snare traps. These are the 3 most common (and cruel) lethal wildlife traps.
To contact Mayor Moore and Council of Port Coquitlam, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please let us know if you receive a response. Thank you.