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December 30, 2014

Reward Offered in Lake Forest Park Coyote Trapping

Dec. 30, 2014—The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for setting an illegal trap that resulted in the death of a coyote in Lake Forest Park, Wash.

The Case: On December 21, a 15-year-old girl who was walking her dog in a wooded area of a watershed discovered a dead coyote in a steel-jawed leghold trap. The coyote was found at a creek, where she had apparently dragged herself after she managed to pull the trap that gripped her foot loose from the stake that the devices are typically attached to.

Dan Paul, Washington state director for The HSUS, said: “The person responsible for setting this cruel and indiscriminate trap caused the coyote to suffer immensely and, ultimately, to die from exposure. Equally concerning is the risk that a person or family pet could have stumbled into the trap.”


  • Leghold traps can crush or tear the skin, bones and connective tissue of the victim and render the animal defenseless against the weather and predators. Animals caught in leghold traps sometimes chew or twist off their limbs in their efforts to escape the trap.
  • Leghold traps are indiscriminate and can maim or kill any animal that triggers them, including companion animals and threatened or endangered species.
  • In 2000, the passage of citizens’ initiative 713 largely outlawed the use of body gripping animal traps – including leghold traps – in Washington state.
  • In 2012, the city of Lake Forest Park enacted an ordinance that banned the use of body gripping animal traps.

Anyone with information regarding this case should contact:  Sgt. Kim Chandler at 425-775-1311, ext. 122. Callers may remain anonymous.

Media Contact: Naseem Amini, namini@humanesociety.org, 240-778-5545


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