Jan 17, 2014 3:39 PM by Sara Donchey
CORPUS CHRISTI - Game wardens at Texas Parks and Wildlife said they were surprised to hear reports of someone trapping animals illegally on public land.
They said the majority of animal trapping they see is both licensed and done legally, so finding what appeared to be a coyote tap on a busy are near Newport Pass was both a surprise and a concern.
"An individual - whether it's a child or adult or a pet - could accidentally step into this and be severely injured," said Capt. Marvin Tamez, a Game Warden with Texas Parks and Wildlife.
And after game wardens discovered more than 40 dead and mutilated coyotes dumped along Park Road 22 on Padre Island, they think it could've been used to trap some of them.
After searching several hundred yards of the dunes at Newport Pass they haven't found any more of these traps.
But they still want beach-goers to take precautions.
"I'd ask the public to be aware of them and be on the lookout for them. (And) to be careful when walking through the dunes."
Texas Parks and Wildlife is also trying to figure out who's responsible for killing, skinning and dumping the dozens of coyotes.
They say they're interviewing local trappers to get more information.
And another concern is that this will give hunters and trappers a bad name.
"Leaving it out there - like in this situation for the public to see, for it to be publicized in the news media - it paints a bad picture for all the good hunters out there."
They're urging anyone with more information to contact Texas Parks and Wildlife.