Langley residents are being warned to keep dogs on leashes and cats indoors after rat traps have snared raccoons in the area.
The Fur-Bearers non-profit group says a second raccoon has been found suffering from serious injuries from the traps.
With similar injuries to the first, both of the animals' front paws were crushed, meaning they had to be euthanized.
"It is appalling that someone is putting out these traps, seeing clearly the devastation they cause local wildlife,” said Michael Howie, spokesperson for the group. “It is a matter of time before pets or unsuspecting people get injured by them, too.
"It is disgusting. Please, if you have a companion pet or family, be aware that at least one person is setting traps with the intent of harming and killing animals in this community," said Howie.
"Please also speak to children about the dangers traps represent and what to do if they find one.”
The Fur-Bearers has posted a $1,500 reward for information on the person or persons responsible
Anyone with information is asked to contact Langley Animal Protection Services at 604-857-5055 or
the RAPP line at 1-877-952-RAPP (7277).