Animal trap found in Wilton Forest had live raccoon in it

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Baby raccoon from “The Animal Kingdom” by Randal Ford (Rizzoli New York). Wilton police are looking for the owner of a metal animal trap that was found in the Town Forest on Branch Brook Road with a live raccoon in it.

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WILTON — Police are looking for the owner of a metal animal trap which was recently recovered at the entrance to the Town Forest on Branch Brook Road.

The trap contained a live raccoon that was left to die, police said. It is now under the care of Animal Control.

Wilton Police Lt. Gregg Phillipson said he believes the trap originated at a residence and was dumped into the forest. It is not legal to trap animals on town property.

Relocation of trapped raccoons is prohibited under Connecticut General Statutes Section 26-57, according to the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

Raccoons that cannot be released on-site are prohibited from relocation due to their risk for rabies. Relocated wildlife generally have low survivability; they wander extensively; and they have the potential to cause harm to other wildlife and be a nuisance for people near the release site, according to DEEP.

For professional assistance in controlling raccoons, Connecticut licenses Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators who can evict, trap, and release on-site or trap and euthanize raccoons, as well as complete repairs to prevent recurring conflicts.

The owner of the trap can claim it at police headquarters, 240 Danbury Road, Wilton.