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Glue traps are inhumane

Dear Editor:

I am very proud to live in this community that cares about its wildlife, so I was shocked today when I encountered something so inhumane I can’t believe it is legal: I discovered a mouse that had been caught in a glue trap.

All four of its feet were glued to a piece of paper, and it couldn’t move. It was still alive and was suffering immensely. The house where I found him was uninhabited, so I don’t know how many days it had been trapped and had gone without any food or water. It was scared beyond belief and was missing all of the hair from its lower legs. I assume it either chewed on them to try and free itself, or the hair had been pulled off by the glue.

My friends and I tried to remove it, but we couldn’t. If you have a rodent problem, then fix the source of the problem, don’t kill the mice. Plug up any holes, keep your food in air tight containers etc. If that doesn’t work, then catch it in a live trap and release it. There is a lot of wilderness around here, so take advantage of it and relocate a mouse!

No living thing should suffer the way this mouse suffered. Glue traps should be illegal.

Nancy Scheinkman

Snowmass Village

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