Audubon Society of Portland, The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust have posted a reward of up to $3,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for setting an illegal leg-hold trap in Beaverton.

On Oct. 3, the Beaverton Police Department captured a juvenile, male raccoon in the vicinity of Plantation Townhomes on Southwest Farmington Road. The young raccoon was dragging a leg-hold trap attached to his right, front leg.

The raccoon was transported to the Audubon Society of Portland Wildlife Care Center, where a veterinarian determined the damage inflicted by the trap was so severe the animal had to be euthanized.

The trap was illegally set, the raccoon was taken out of season, and the trap was not inscribed with identifying license number as required by law, according to Audubon Conservation Director Bob Sallinger.

"These traps are cruel and indiscriminate," Sallinger said. "This animal suffered tremendously before it was put out of its misery."

Officials with The Human Society agreed.

"Whoever set this trap violated the law and acted in a completely irresponsible manner," said HSUS Oregon State Director Scott Beckstead. "It is important that we figure out who did this before more wild animals or people's pets are illegally trapped."

The Humane Society, Audubon and other conservation groups recently petitioned Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to reform the state's trapping regulations, which are considered among the weakest in the United States, Sallinger said. In some instances, animals can legally be left in leg-hold traps for up to seven days. "The suffering this raccoon experienced speaks to the indiscriminate and inhumane nature of these traps," he added.

Anyone with information about this trapping incident in Beaverton is asked to contact Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Roger Reid at 1-800-452-7888.

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