We received a call from a friend of Sadieís to say
that trapping was going on at a property that was set to be developed.
He said that beavers and a dog had been killed. As we suspected,
the trapping was being carried out legally under a nuisance permit.
Later, the developer actually admitted that he killed the beavers
to dry up his wetland so it could be used for development.
How sad that he didnít think twice about killing the
eight beavers who had lived there for 10 years and raised their young
there, nor did he care about the turtles he killed indiscriminately
who also called that home. Nor did he care about all the people who
loved the property and often walked there with their children and
dogs. It is one of the last large open spaces left in the Village
of New Paltz. Sadie was killed in a trap intended for beavers. The
risk to children was great as their footprints were seen only steps
from the underwater traps.
Wildlife Watch, and many of the residents and tourists
of New Paltz were outraged by the insane cruelty and are calling
for a trapping ban.
Wildlife Watch has initiated a lawsuit against the
developer on behalf of the Gaffneys and Sadie. Del Seligman, Esq.
will be handling the case. We will keep you posted.
Letís hope for a trapping ban in the Village of New
Paltz. With the new humane Green Party members in office now, there
is hope. A local law will serve to send a message to the legislature
that the NYS Home Rule trapping bill is needed and should be passed.
Dr. Maxwell Schmurer is one
of the protesters against trapping in New Paltz. The good mood
reflects the joy that trapping may soon be banned.
Wildlife Watch spent time on the phone with reporters
to provide background information
We continue to answer scores of wildlife calls, and
get people in touch with wildlife rehabilitators in their area.