A wildlife organization offered a $1,000 reward Thursday for information leading to the person who placed an illegal foothold trap that led to the death of a raccoon in the Santa Clarita area.
Wildlife Emergency Services circulated a photograph of the raccoon which was recently found dead, alerting residents near the 28000 block of Rock Canyon Drive of the incident.
"From a photograph provided by a resident near Copper Hill in Santa Clarita, it appears a raccoon was snared by an illegal foothold trap — banned in California — and became entangled in a tree where it subsequently perished," Wildlife Emergency Services CEO Rebecca Dmytryk said in a statement. "California Department of Fish and Wildlife has been notified."
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The reward was offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever was responsible for setting the trap, Dmytryk said.
"Often, trapping is a method used to get rid of 'nuisance' animals, but it is an outdated practice," Dmytryk said. "The animals are not the actual problem — their presence is a symptom, indicating a reliable food source nearby."
Anyone with information on the case was urged to contact Wildlife Emergency Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or report anonymously through the state Department of Fish and Wildlife CalTip line at 888-334-CalTIP.