The presence of small game traps in a residential area of Arvida in Saguenay worries the citizens of the area.
A cat was seriously injured after being trapped. The animal will even have to be amputated in two weeks.
“Théo is used to leaving for a few hours, but he always comes back,” said his owner, Stéphanie Fortin. And he never goes outside at night.
But over the past weekend, his owners who live in a residential area of Arvida lost track of him for three days.
“My neighbour, who is my uncle, called me in a panic, telling me that a cat was caught in a trap, in a trap door, explained a resident of the sector, Kim Larouche. I saw Théo who was on the edge of the street. He had his leg stretched out with a trap.”
Ms. Larouche hastened to contact her neighbors who had reported Theo’s disappearance on the Facebook page of Survivors hairy Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.
“The easy answer is to say you just have to keep your cat indoors if you don’t want things like this to happen. But we are never safe from a child who leaves a door open, for example,” she said.
The two women fear that it is the work of a malicious person.
Stéphanie Fortin reported the event to the Department of Wildlife.
“I was very surprised to learn that people have the right to trap on their land for a specific period,” she explained. It takes a permit and also training.
The ministry would have confirmed to him the opening of an investigation. The incident occurred outside the regulatory trapping period.
Stéphanie Fortin assures that she will henceforth be more attentive to the comings and goings of her cat.
Article 18 of the animal regulations of the City of Saguenay stipulates that the guardian of an animal is required to exercise adequate supervision of the latter so that it cannot wander on private land, without the consent of the owners of these lands.
In addition, the ministry confirms that the city of Saguenay holds a permit that allows it to control beavers that cause damage on its territory, outside the regulatory trapping period.
However, the city has no ongoing or planned interventions in the area where the event occurred.
Also according to the ministry, the residents of the district have no reason to worry. This would be an isolated and exceptional case.