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Raccoon-trap fears revived in Oak Bay

Fears have arisen about the return of a raccoon trapper in Oak Bay, after a resident spotted a raccoon with a wounded paw. “It was quiet for a while there,” said Adrian Nelson of the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals.
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This picture was taken in June 2016 by an Oak Bay resident of a raccoon missing a front paw.

Fears have arisen about the return of a raccoon trapper in Oak Bay, after a resident spotted a raccoon with a wounded paw.

“It was quiet for a while there,” said Adrian Nelson of the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals. “I think whoever was doing it thinks everybody’s forgotten now.”

There were several sightings of raccoons with missing paws in the the area of Haultain Street, Kings Road and Epworth Street in June, but the situation settled down for several weeks following media coverage of the injured raccoons, Nelson said.

Now one of the residents who previously spotted a wounded raccoon reports another one with a fresh paw injury, he said.

The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals believes the raccoons were caught in a leg-hold trap.

A $4,500 reward for helping locate the person or persons responsible is being offered by the animal group.

Oak Bay police would like to hear from anyone with information at 250-592-2424.

For details on the reward, call the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals at 604-435-1850. — Times Colonist