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Bay Area skunks are getting injured by rat traps

People in the Bay Area have been setting up newly designed rat traps outside their homes which is doing more harm than good to other wildlife species.

Wildlife Emergency Services had to rescue a young skunk trapped by two rat traps outside a home in Aptos, California on Sunday. 

The skunk was taken to a local wildlife hospital for treatment. 

One of its paws is swollen and the other may lose a few digits and if it loses all of the digits on that paw, the animal may have to be euthanized, according to SF Gate. 

The rat traps harming the skunks is actually counterproductive to the rodent infestation problem, according to Rebecca Dmytryk with Wildlife Emergency Services.    

Inadvertently trapped skunks are a growing problem for Wildlife Emergency Services which rescued five skunks caught in mouse traps over five consecutive days last month, according to SF Gate. 

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