An investigation has now been launched following the discovery of eleven illegal animal traps in Mississauga. According to a statement by Peel Regional Police, investigators from the 11 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau are looking for a suspect after illegal snare traps were uncovered near Leslie Log House, a historic building located at 4415 Mississauga Road.
Police have issued a formal warning to residents stating that the traps, which are described as spring snares, are difficult to see and could pose a threat to people or pets in the area. "The wire snares are illegal to set, and pose a danger to both, children and adults, as well as domestic animals and wildlife," reads the police statement.
“It obviously presents a danger,” said Peel Regional Police Constable Iryna Yashnyk to CTV. “We could be looking at charges for someone setting up traps as they could potentially injure a child or an adult.”
According to officials at the Toronto Wildlife Centre, a trapped coyote was discovered near Leslie Log House last month. The female coyote’s leg was severely injured by the illegal trap and those currently tending to the animal are not sure it can be saved.
Police say there have been no injuries reported at this time as a result of the traps, but one Ontario local disputes that a dog was caught in the trap, and points out that the coyote sustained injuries from the trap as well.
Small correction to your media release. There were injuries A dog was caught in a snare and released by his owner after cutting him free, and Toronto Wildlife Center hotline has a female coyote that was snared around her leg-Both animals SUFFERED INJURIES #Cruel#WildlifeRescue— 🇨🇦 Lori 🐕💜 (@backwardsblonde) April 1, 2019
A photo of the spring snare traps was shared by Peel Regional Police on Twitter yesterday:
This is also not the first time that illegal traps have been set in the GTA. The Toronto Wildlife Centre shared the following photo in October 2017 of a leg-hold and Conibear trap. Two animals sustained such bad injuries from the trap at the time that they had to be humanely euthanized, CityNews reports.
It is uncertain at this moment why exactly the traps were placed near the historic building, or whether the induvial who set them was aware of the clear dangers they present, But regardless of the motive, anyone recklessly endangering the lives of animals should be held accountable for their actions.
Anyone with information about the traps should get in contact with investigators at 905-456-2121 or reach out to police anonymously through Crime Stoppers.