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Close Call For Baby Skunk Caught in 'Cruel' Trap

A young skunk is lucky to be alive, after being caught in a rusty trap near Delta.

The baby female skunk was found in a Conibear trap on Tuesday, which is meant to kill target animals within five minutes of being set off.

According to the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals, the device is typically used for trapping and killing muskrat, which is currently out of season.

The trap is generally considered illegal, unless used on private property.

In the case of this little skunk, a lack of tags and signage on or around the trap make it nearly impossible to know for sure who set the device, or whether or not it’s located on public or private property.

A baby skunk was found caught in this trap. (Photo Credit: WRA Wildlife Rescue Association of BC Facebook.)

Photo Credit: WRA Wildlife Rescue Association of BC Facebook.

Luckily, the skunk was found quickly and is now recovering from her injuries.

Photo Credit: WRA Wildlife Rescue Association of BC Facebook.

The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals is calling on the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources to bring forward policy change regarding the use of traps in British Columbia. The association is asking concerned residents to send a letter to Minister Thomson in the hopes of stimulating progressive change.

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