The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is investigating reports of animal traps set in this city park.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is investigating reports of animal traps set in this city park.

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Dog caught in illegal animal traps found in Troy city park

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published May 24, 2019


TROY — Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials are investigating after police discovered animal traps set in Beach Road Park, a small plot of city-owned land off of Beach Road, south of Long Lake Road.

Troy Police Department Sgt. Meghan Lehman said police were summoned to the park after a dog got its leg caught in a trap at the park and was injured at 2 p.m. May 16.

Lehman said the dog’s owner was able to release the dog from the trap, then intentionally set off other traps in sight so other animals would not be injured.

Lehman said police learned that a homeowner in the area had hired a company to set up the traps, in violation of city ordinance, in the city park to trap foxes and coyotes, using ducklings for bait in some cases.

The homeowner reportedly claimed ownership of the traps when police asked. According to the police report, he said he had hired a company to set the traps to protect his dog and children from the foxes and coyotes in the area.

Lehman explained that the city of Troy only allows live traps on private property, ones that do not harm animals or people.

Trapping company officials said they did not realize that the traps had been set on city property, according to the police report.

Police believe all of the traps, including buried ones, have been removed.

At press time, the DNR continued to investigate.

“Upon the conclusion of my investigation, my officer will be submitting a report to the (Oakland County) Prosecutor’s Office, and they will review it and determine if any charges are filed against the individual,” said Lt. Joe Molnar, of the DNR’s Law Enforcement Division.

“Fox and coyotes generally do not pose a concern to humans,” he said. “The DNR recommends not to approach any wildlife and to keep your distance so as not to create a situation. The instances where coyotes would attack a dog or cat are not common, but possible.

“Coyotes can be confrontational. Stay (outside) with pets if you see one in the area. Generally, attacks on other dogs are infrequent. Fox, in general, keep their distance, tend to be elusive and do not want to have interactions with people.

“Coyotes, fox and raccoon can adapt to almost any setting,” he said.

Molnar added that people who are having problems with wildlife should consult a licensed nuisance animal control business and make sure they are aware of the rules and regulations.

Information on wildlife is available on the MDNR website, michigan/gov/wildlife, or call (517) 248-WILD.