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Fox Killer Shot One, Trapped Others

Because the animals found Friday in Quarry Park are thought to be foxes, the case has been turned over to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Information about what was first thought to be 11 skinned puppies that were found Friday in Quarry Park continues to trickle down from official sources. 

DNA samples taken from what are now presumed to be young foxes have been sent out to be analyzed, said Christine Wiggins, Lehigh County Humane Officer.

It will take weeks for the results to be returned. Only then will the animals' species be confirmed.

Somebody used a shotgun to kill one of the foxes, Wiggins said, and the others look to have been trapped.

Since they are thought to have been wild animals, the case has been turned over to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, she said.

PGC Officer Kevin Halbfoerster said he is still collecting information on the case. He has the Humane Society's information but is still waiting to hear from state police at Fogelsville because they have details from the scene.

If the foxes were taken legally -- that is, if the person who killed them had a license, since they are in season -- there is no penalty for killing or skinning them. And the price of fox pelts has gone up, he said.

If they were taken illegally -- and the person is found -- there will be consequences, he said, and in either case there will be a "dumping fee" for the animals' inappropriate disposal. 

Corinne44 November 29, 2012 at 01:06 PM
We need to protect these animals from people like this.
Carl Stevenson November 29, 2012 at 03:28 PM
You don't eat foxes ... They can and often do carry rabies. (I'm pretty sure you already know that, so that's just a strawman argument you use to "justify" your attack.) Again, hunting/trapping are legal activities that are necessary to control the population of these animals. Otherwise, they will overpopulate (they have in this area, and have decimated the wild turkey and small game populations) and will either starve or start attacking pets, children, etc. after they eliminate their natural food sources, or become diseased, or both.
Carl Stevenson November 29, 2012 at 03:29 PM
As far as has been reported, from what I've seen, there is NO evidence that the foxes were "skinned alive". This is just more anti-hunting/anti-trapping emotionalist hype, designed to vilify a legal activity of which you don't approve.
Crestor Januvia November 29, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Ya, hunters always use the "overpopulation" argument, till they hunt a species into extinction, like wolves in some parts of the country, and other animals in many other parts of the world. Hunting them for pelts is for a bunch of low income mouth breathers.... to feed furs to a bunch of fat rich people. Both are useless to society.
ann gonzalez November 30, 2012 at 01:33 AM
This makes me sick just thinking about trapping ANY animal. Please god let it stop.

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