PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP/WPRI) — Another coyote has been seen wandering around Rhode Island with one leg ensnared in a trap.
RI Department of Environmental Management reported that Portsmouth police posted a resident’s photo on Facebook of the animal with a clamp around its front, right leg.
The coyote was legally shot by a property owner who noticed the clamp and reported it to the DEM.
Another coyote was caught in an illegal trap last month in Middletown and had to be euthanized by the state Department of Environmental Management.
State Veterinarian Scott Marshall said that coyote’s right leg sustained numerous fractures and massive soft tissue loss from the trap, which was still attached. The animal was malnourished because its injuries left it unable to hunt.
A coyote expert says she wouldn’t be surprised if both traps were set by the same, likely “very inexperienced,” person.
Penalties for illegal traps are punishable by a fine of up to $500, imprisonment of up to a year, or both, according to the DEM.