Illicit Trap Catches Raccoon, Officials Search for Suspect

San Diego County Animal Services is looking for the person who set an illegal trap that broke the leg of a raccoon, forcing it to be put down.

On Wednesday, land surveyors called Animal Control officers to Tecolote Canyon Park after they discovered the raccoon in a leg hold trap.

The device had been set close to where a group of children were playing in the park, officials said. The trap broke the animal's leg, and Animals Services said the raccoon had been in the contraption for some time.

Officers humanely euthanized the animal at the county department. Now, they are looking for any clue as to who set the trap.

The California Department of Fish and Game has made it illegal to use any body-gripping or leg hold traps to capture any furry mammal.

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