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Bear traps in Richmond park a "very serious incident": RCMP

Last Updated Oct 11, 2018 at 2:39 pm PDT

FILE: This image from the Fur-Bearers shows the trap that was reportedly left out in East Vancouver. (Courtesy The Fur-Bearers)
Summary

Police are investigating who placed bear traps in a Richmond park

One of the traps discovered were armed

RCMP is calling it a "very serious incident"

RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) – A potentially dangerous situation has been avoided after Richmond RCMP found two bear traps in a Richmond park.

The traps were found near the Steveston Community Centre this long weekend, and have now been recovered by the Richmond RCMP. Fortunately, no one has been hurt.

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Cpl. Dennis Hwang says one of the traps was armed when it was discovered.

“This is obviously a very serious incident, and the risk to animals, pets and people is quite large, so we are actively investigating it,” he said.

This wasn’t the first time something like this has happened in Richmond.

“We had something several years ago, but it wasn’t an animal trap, it looked like some sort of homemade trap with nails of some sort that was located near a school,” he said.

They weren’t completely hidden from view, because there was some sort of reflective material, a warning tape, that showed there was something there.

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Police say they don’t know why the traps were set.

“We don’t know if it’s pests or rodents in that area that somebody was trying to get rid of, or if there was a more malicious intent involved,” he said.

Hwang added that it was hard to know if there are more traps out there, but asks if anyone finds them, to contact police so they can disarm them and use them to forward this investigation.

Neighbours concerned about traps

A group of women spending time with their dogs in a park behind the Steveston Community Centre said they’re pleased the traps were removed, but one woman says she’s not convinced her dogs are safe.

“It’s very concerning to think that someone who could do that lives in our neighbourhood,” one woman said.