Cat injured by illegal trap in Saskatoon
Watch above: residents up in arms after cat found caught in a trap
SASKATOON – Residents in Saskatoon’s Silverspring neighbourhood might find a cat suffering from injuries sustained from an illegal trap.
On Monday evening, a couple walking near LeMay Crescent and Konihowski Road found a feline, caught by its hind leg in a steel-jaw leg hold trap.
The couple released the cat and Saskatoon SPCA was called to assist but couldn’t locate the black cat with white paws.
“The injury to the leg could be as serious as a broken leg and certainly tissue damage at the very least,” said Tiffiny Koback with the Saskatoon SPCA.
This particular trap has been banned in Canada since 2001, according to Koback.
She says it’s inhumane because of metal spikes on the inside, meant to penetrate flesh.
The SPCA believes this trap may have been set to deal with coyotes.
The City of Saskatoon confirms coyotes have been a problem in the area as recently as April.
Officials are struggling to identify who owns the trap as it was no longer anchored in the ground when the cat was discovered.
“People are not permitted to kill or harm wildlife within our city parks,” said Jeff Boone, the city’s pest management expert.
Section 18 of The Recreation Facilities and Parks Usage Bylaw, 1998 states “no person shall injure or kill any wildlife in any park unless written permission to do so has been received from the city.”
The SPCA says it hasn’t dealt with an illegally trapped animal since 2008.