A $2,500 reward is being offered for information about the identity of whoever set an illegal, leg-hold trap that led to the death of a female coyote in Lake Forest Park.
The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust announced the reward in a Tuesday news release, which indicated the reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
A 15-year-old girl was walking her dog in a wooded area of a watershed when she discovered the dead coyote on Dec. 21, the release says. The coyote apparently dragged herself to a creek after she managed to pull the trap gripping her foot loose from a stake that such devices are typically attached to, according to the release.
Lisa Wathne, a Humane Society spokeswoman, said officials suspect the trap was set on private property, but then the coyote dragged herself to the creek due to extreme thirst. The coyote was found on property owned by the Lake Forest Park Water District, near the 4700 block of Northeast 187th Place, Wathne said. Water-district officials “are very concerned about this” and sent people out to look for additional traps but didn’t find any, she said.
The coyote died from exposure, but Wathne couldn’t say how long she had been dead before the girl found the carcass.
Leg-hold traps and other body-gripping animal traps were largely outlawed in Washington following passage of a citizen initiative in 2000, the release says, noting the City of Lake Forest Park also enacted an ordinance banning the use of body-gripping animal traps in 2012.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact state Department of Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Kim Chandler at 425-775-1311, ext. 122. Callers may remain anonymous.