Don’t use leg-hold traps to control pests

I recently found an adult grey squirrel dead in my driveway. The squirrel looked well furred and healthy.

That is until I flipped him over and saw a front foot missing. The leg bone was all that remained. There was also much fur rubbed away from the leg area. In my teens I did a lot of trapping. Seeing this animal I realized this was a “twist-off.” This happens when an animal is caught in a leg-hold trap and twists or rips his leg off to get free.

Our neighborhood has had many squirrels “raiding” bird feeders lately. It appears that someone has decided to stop the “pests.” I ask whoever is using these illegal traps to stop now. This animal suffered terribly.

Jack Bellephine

Everett

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Thursday, Jan. 23

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial: Lawmakers seeking to claw back secrecy on records

Two bills head the opposite direction of the state Supreme Court’s ruling on the Public Records Act.

Editorial: Allow state’s adults to grow their own marijuana

Legislation would allow adults to grow six plants at home, joining eight other states that allow it.

Editorial: Cutting carbon emissions up to lawmakers — and us

A state Supreme Court decision puts the onus on the Legislature to act to put a price on carbon.

Commentary: Senate’s media limits aren’t working as intended

Rules meant to dissuade the public from watching haven’t kept viewers from memorable moments.

Snohomish school bond projects, cost carefully considered

I am writing in about the Snohomish Schools bond. I am not… Continue reading

Protesters should take note of MLK’s example

Martin Luther King Jr. is a case study on how to properly… Continue reading

Contrary to letter, Sen. Murray lives in a small town

In a recent letter to the editor a claim was made that… Continue reading

Bring back low-pay work; end minimum wage

Americans in need of training, knowledge, experience or limited by handicaps were… Continue reading

Most Read