Thomas Ramey Watson

“I Must Free His Leg”: Raccoon’s Only Hope is Brave Rescuer

Written by Laurie Raymond of Colorado

Many years ago, I was the shelter director at PAWS of Lynnwood, Washington.

This organization had a dog and cat shelter, an advocacy department

and a wildlife clinic.

We also rotated night and holiday rescue coverage for both domestic and wild critters who got into trouble outside of regular business hours.

One fall evening when I was on call, a woman phoned from a pay phone near a trail head where she and her 9-year-old son had been hiking.

They had come upon a raccoon caught in a leghold trap in a creek and didn’t begin to know how

to get him out.

This Wasn’t Going to Be Easy

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