The Courier reported on 16 April that a local dog walker has discovered a makeshift deer traps while walking in an area known as The Dam near the river Leven.
The traps were made from barbed wire, wood and metal tied to trees, one of which the walker was able to dismantle although he experienced several injuries to his arms in the process. In addition, people in the local area have been warned to be on the alert for similar devices.
Fife's Safer Communities team have been asked to investigate after a number of residents raised concerns.
Local labour councilor David Graham commented:
“The setting of these contraptions is brutally cruel and can cause serious injury and possible death to animals who get caught in them.
It is outrageous that these methods are being used in our community and I have contacted the relevant officers within the council to ask them to investigate the issue and give me feedback as soon as possible on proposed actions.
The Dam area is regularly used by dog walkers and I urge owners and those who go walking to stay vigilant of the possibility of these barbaric contraptions being present in the area.”
Sadly this is not the first report of deer traps as similar illegal animal trap have also been reported in Auchinleck in the west of Scotland.
The Scottish SPCA has asked if anyone does find a snare, that you leave it untouched and contact their helpline on 03000 999 999.