There are five orphaned babies whose mother was killed and found dead on the grass of an Indian Cove Association yard.
There is a reward for the shocking incident but there probably won’t be a large outcry or demand for justice from the public at large.
The five babies are the kits of a mother fox who apparently got caught in a leg hold trap that severed her foot.
In the wildlife world, the death of a mother animal in the nursing stage is devastating.
In a world where survival goes to the fittest, nature does not provide backup for its abandoned youth as humans will.
That is one of the reasons why Connecticut Wildlife Rehabilitators Association is offering a $1,000 reward for information in the death of the mother fox — and we urge someone to step forward and collect it.
The red fox is widespread and abundant in Connecticut, and the gray fox lives here too, according to ct.gov, and the average fox weighs 10-11 pounds.
Recent scientific research points to foxes providing a host of benefits, including helping to reduce the risk of contracting Lyme disease. They also primarily hunts small rodents, debunking myths they drag off small children, according to CWRA President Laura Simon.
Simon wants legislators to take things a step further and ban the use of leg hold traps all together.
Eight states — Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Washington — have already banned or severely restricted the use of such traps. Connecticut does prohibit use of snares and traps with serrations or teeth.
Here in Connecticut, more than 6,500 wild animals are legally trapped annually using leg hold traps, according to statistics from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
However, even DEEP reports the “body-crushing and leg-hold traps,” numbers do not include “non-target” animals, such as owls, hawks, dogs and cats, which unknowingly get caught in these traps.
Simon believes DEEP should immediately ban use of these traps and we think this is a common-sense request that is in the best interests of all Nutmeggers.
Animals feel pain — just like human beings — and there must be a more humane way to trap animals considered intrusive that are simply scrounging around to eat, feed their young and survive.
Connecticut lawmakers sided against the abuse of animals when they passed “Desmond’s Law” in 2016 to give abused animals a voice in court to help ensure their abusers face justice.
At the time, advocates say the law didn’t go far enough because it centered the focus around household pets and abuse of animals is far more ranging.
We agree. Wildlife benefits us greatly in many ways that we don’t see.
Five babies have lost their mother and it should not matter that they are kits. But what should matter is the way they lost their mother.
Connecticut must up its game and put a ban on use of leg hold and body-crushing traps for wildlife.