Animal entrapment in Montara

Letter

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Thu, August 19, 2010


Ten minutes ago, i heard an animal wailing and crying in a pitiful way. I got my flashlight and went out at 9:30 pm and found a small 12 inch poodle dog caught in an animal trap. The trap probably was designed to catch feral cats.

I don’t know who is doing this, but it seems very mean and cruel.

Small dogs go by our home every day and they cause no harm to any one. For them to end up in a trap seems mean. The dog owner was out with me searching and was very relieved to find his little love one, once it was freed from the cage entrapment.

To my knowledge there are only two cats that are generally outside our area 1) The lovable and friendly clyde that belongs to julie and her husband and 2) The healthy and active orange cat that belongs to gia and brady. Neither of these cats deserve to be trapped and taken to the pound.They are not feral, they have homes and owners.

There are no other cats, except ours colette, who is rarely outside. So i ask, "what is the problem? And why are you setting traps? These traps can get any small creature, not just unwanted ones?"

If anyone can explain, please let me know.


It is possible the trapper is trying to catch a feral cat in order to get it neutered.  I trapped 14 cats in a feral colony at lot near the El Granada post office about 15 years ago.  I had them all fixed at PHS, several were young enough to socialize for adopttion, and a local woman fed the dwindling group of cats for years.  Finally the colony’s last resident died a natural death a couple of years ago.  I never caught a tame cat or dog.  A few skunks and young raccoons took to the bait (canned cat food), but somehow pets knew to avoid the trap.  Live traps do no harm to the catch and rarely did I catch the same cat twice.

My first guess would be it was set for a raccoon or skunk… ?

What was it baited with?