Anyone with information about an illegal legged trap that a conservation officer removed from a Burnaby coyote’s leg last month is urged to contact the BC Conservation Officer Service.
The coyote was spotted in the 9th Avenue / Willard Street neighborhood in South Burnaby on October 19 around 10 a.m. and then again a few hours later, according to a Reddit post.
The post said the animal was dragging the trap on its hind leg.
The SPCA and COS have been contacted, the post said, but the SPCA was “completely unresponsive” and the COS said it “would pass the information on.”
Burnaby RCMP were called around 7:53 p.m. that evening, but the coyote was not caught until two days later, according to spokesperson Cpl. Mike Kalanj.
He said a conservation officer and a local constable managed to catch him with an animal control pole (a long pole with a noose on one end) around 10:50 a.m. in the 6000 block of 9th Avenue .
“They grabbed him, held him down, removed the trap and released him so he could live the rest of his life without a trap on his leg,” Kalanj said.
An email from a COS communications coordinator said the coyote was “fully mobile upon release” and the service has not received any reports of a distressed or injured coyote in the area since.
“The foot trap that was removed from the coyote turned out to be poorly anchored, and so the coyote was able to dislodge the trap from whatever it was attached to,” the email said. “If anyone has any information about who illegally set the trap, it can be reported to the COS Report All Braconers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline at 1-877-952-7277.”
The COS has received 51 reports of coyotes in Burnaby so far this year. It received an average of 65 such calls between 2016 and 2020.
The service reminds residents to avoid feeding animals directly or with poorly secured garbage, pet food or birdseed.
“Coyotes start to pose a risk to people when they lose their suspicion and become comfortable with humans,” the email said. “This is usually the result of direct or indirect feeding by humans. “