Pet owners warned to watch out for traps

Juvenile skunk found trapped – but still alive – in Delta recently.

Residents with pets are being warned to be aware that Conibear wire traps are legal after a baby skink was found in one in Delta recently.

Local residents are  being warned that animal traps are legal on private property and can be found throughout most cities across Canada.

Recently, a skunk found out the hard way when it was discovered in Delta caught in a Conibear trap – a large wire body-gripping trap designed to kill.

The juvenile skunk was found alive and is now recovering with the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association. But representatives from the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals want people to be aware these traps exist and to be vigilant when walking pets near farmland or in any wooded area.

“Too often we are hearing of incidents where animals, both wild and domestic, are being caught, terrified and injured in these inherently inhumane traps,” said Adrian Nelson, manager of wildlife conflict for the Fur-Bearer Defenders.

Although many times these traps can be used to stop nuisance critters, Nelson says there are more effective and humane ways to protect your property.

“There is never a legitimate reason for this kind of cruel behaviour – particularly when non-lethal, truly humane solutions to end conflict or nuisance behaviour exist,” he said.

If you do come across a trap, it’s recommended you stay well away and report it to conservation services, as removal can be illegal.

To report a trap call 1-877-952-7277 or #7277 from a cell phone.

 

Surrey North Delta Leader

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