An animal rights group is asking residents not to use animal traps after a raccoon chewed off his paw after being caught in a trap in Burnaby.
The raccoon was found dragging himself in a cuff-style trap attached to his paw by residents near Northland Avenue. Langley-based Critter Care Wildlife Society responded and removed the trap to find his paw crushed, and staff and volunteers administered pain medication. The animal was scheduled to get x-rays the following morning, but he chewed off his foot overnight and had to be euthanized.
The animal rights group says the death could have been avoided.
“An innocent animal suffered deeply because of a single trap in the Burnaby community. There is no need for that,” Adrian Nelson of the Fur-Bearers said in a release.
The group recommends contacting companies recommended by B.C. SPCA’s AnimalKind pest control program to deal with unwanted wildlife.
“Residents need to know that traps like this cause suffering and don’t resolve conflicts with wildlife,” Nelson said. “Companies who can safely and humanely remove wildlife from properties do exist. Living with wildlife and preventing conflict is possible without the use of inherently inhumane traps.”