According to The Peace Arch News, a local resident saw the female raccoon with a severe injury allegedly caused by a leg-hold trap four weeks ago. But the resident saw the same raccoon again on his back porch with another leg-hold trap on her rear leg.
“It’s animal cruelty at its worst,” resident and witness Frank Goff told The Peach Arc News.
We at The Fur-Bearers agree. And we’re offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who is able to provide information to the BC SPCA that leads to the identification and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for setting these traps. Leg-hold traps, under current trapping regulations, are not certified for use in targeting raccoons.
We’re also asking the municipality of White Rock to follow in the footsteps of neighbouring jurisdictions like Gibsons, North Saanich, Coquitlam and North Vancouver and prohibit the use of leg-hold and other traps within their borders.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the BC SPCA.
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