A Falmouth man baited animals at a local park by covering razor blades in peanut butter and attaching them to a tree, authorities say.
M. Brian McGrath is facing several charges after Falmouth Marine and Environmental Services and the Massachusetts Environmental Police discovered the traps at Goodwill Park while acting on a tip, according to press releases from both agencies.
During their investigation, officials allegedly saw McGrath “baiting and then watching trees as unsuspecting animals were lured into the bait covered razor.”
Authorities said they collected evidence of squirrels in contact with the razors as the animals ate.
“Upon observing numerous young children in the vicinity of the razors, officers removed the blade,” Falmouth Marine and Environmental Services said in a statement. “A search of the park has not turned up any more baiting stations.”
According to Massachusetts Environmental Police, McGrath was arrested on Saturday and charged with animal cruelty, wanton/reckless behavior, and wanton injury to public trees/shrubs.
He was released on bail and was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Falmouth District Court, officials said.