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11 Dead Animals Found Skinned Were Foxes, Not Puppies

11 small animals found dead near a Lower Macungie park on Friday have been identified as foxes, not dogs.

Eleven small animals found dead and skinned near Lower Macungie's Quarry Park Friday have been tentatively identified as foxes because of their teeth, according to Christine Wiggins of the Lehigh County Humane Society.

Further testing is needed to be sure, Bruce Fritch of the humane society told The Morning Call.

A press release from state police originally indicated the animals were puppies, sparking outrage among local animal lovers.

An Upper Macungie woman who was walking her dogs on Friday afternoon near the park made the gruesome discovery and called state police. She did not want to disclose exactly what she saw for fear of jeopardizing the investigation.

The woman told Patch, "It's very upsetting. And I worry what kind of person would do something like that. And what are they capable of doing to anybody?"

The animals looked to be about 6 months old when Wiggins saw them on Sunday, she told Patch. They should have been disposed of properly, not left in a park where a child could see them, she said.

Wiggins said she didn't know if this case and the similar case of a skinned animal -- possibly a dog -- last week in Lynn Township are related. That animal, she said, was professionally skinned and its feet were cut off -- which is a sign of a professional's work. Wiggins said the animal was not "cooked," as reported by local media. It showed signs of exposure to sun and the elements.

The animal in Lynn Township was found about 20 miles from the Lower Macungie park where the foxes were found.

The feet were not cut off the animals found in Lower Macungie, Wiggins said.

State Police at Fogelsville still has a criminal case open on the incident, but said the Lehigh County Humane Society is now the lead investigator for both the Quarry Park and Lynn Township incidents.

Anyone with information about the foxes is urged to call Wiggins at the Humane Society at 610-797-1205 ext. 2.

Mrs. Mangione November 27, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Foxes are legal to harvest with a fur taker's license. HOWEVER, to dispose of the carcass in such matter IS quite disturbing! Come on people, if taking furs is your forté, be responsible! I also want to say that the original puppy headline made me sick, puppies are family pets. Foxes are small game and are population controlled by hunters with strict limits (assuming the laws are followed) IF they were harvested illegally, the game warden in this area will not have mercy.
Mark Jamison November 27, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Why is this so hard to figure out? Tapping season opened Oct 21. These were legally "harvested" fox. "Legally harvested" means the stepped in a legally placed leg hold trap, waited in agony for a day or two and then watched as the licensed sportsman known in the vernacular as a "fur taker" walked up and clubbed them in the head being careful not to damage the fur. The furs aren't very valuable anymore because most off those "thinking" types out there won't wear fur but he (or she) is doing their part to preserve a proud Pennsylvania tradition. The Pa. Game Commission has an outstanding " youth " trapper program that indoctrinates children into the joy of trapping long before they begin to think for themselves and I'm sure it covers proper disposal of bodies. Who knows, maybe this persons inconsiderate choice of discarding the bodies in a park where a passerby may inadvertently be offended by the reality of what is going on around them is a direct result of our failure to get young people into a program like the the one offered by the Game Commission before it' too late.
Ron Beitler November 27, 2012 at 03:02 PM
You can hunt fox they are considered varmints/pests and kill wild turkey population and eat livestock...You can hunt fox til mid Feb I believe and there is no limit. That being said....A licensed hunter DOES NOT leave skinned carcasses in a bag in a public park. If they were shot in the township with a firearm thats also illegal. You can only hunt archery here our area is now too populated for firearms. I don't hunt fox but I have friends who do small game. Not only do you need a hunting license but also a furtaker license I believe meaning you have to take classes. And again, leaving skinned carcasses in a public park means most likely this was not a licensed hunter. We have to figure out if the animal caught north was a Coyote. Again, dumping it on the side of the road... inexcusable.
Mark Jamison November 27, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Oh yes! The local game warden will make this offender rue the day he was born! No offense to the conservation officer, which is the proper term, they are over worked and under payed but the chances off catching this pin head are slim and the penalties minimal. Not to mention the the fact that they are dealing with someone so brain dead and insensitive to life as to think trapping is a viable activity. We can argue population control and manage ment technique till the cows come home but there is not nor has there ever been a logical argument for trapping any animal by any means to supply the vanity market of wearing fur.
Fae Danner November 27, 2012 at 04:24 PM
I will never understand the ability of hunters to cause suffering by trapping. I understand that populations of wild animals must be controlled but, I wish to God, that I didn't have to read about it. I refuse to believe that there aren't more practical methods of control and that they are not utilized in order to pander to the preferences of "hunters." I, so often, think about the philosophy of being able to judge a country by the way in which it treats its animals. If the shoe fits, I guess the entire world needs to wear it. (Yes, I know history and all about how people sustained their lives by killing animals; and that the same is true today. But can't we find a more humane way of adjusting these methods?) I'm a retired RN. Would you like me to publish some detailed stories of the suffering I observed as people died? And that was while we were trying our best to do our best to make them as comfortable as possible. I know you would NOT! I understand this over-the-top sensitivity is my problem to deal with; but I am appalled by the insensitivity of so many humans! And this doesn't even include those who intentionally inflict pain and suffering because they are "sick" and kill for the "fun" of it! And if you are a hunter, castigate me for my attitude if you must, but don't attempt to explain "the other side" because I've heard it all before!
jackson black November 27, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Oh boy...whoops..no satanic sacrifices or jeffrey dahmer type walking the streets..Foxes are vermin and dangerous... They were skinned for their hide...no laws were broken...Everyone should remain calm and sip your latte...
Frightwingslayer November 27, 2012 at 04:42 PM
This act was pathetic no matter what type of animal it was..We ar a sick people if we condone this in any manner..
Fae Danner November 27, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Jackson, I don't drink latte but, just perhaps, I might consider it. It's surely better than getting myself upset over things that have already occurred and over which I have no control anyway. Thanks for the great suggestion!
Opre Garga November 27, 2012 at 07:32 PM
I am so offended by this. I'm going to put on my fox fur coat and march right down to the local PETA office.
Rob Hamill November 27, 2012 at 10:14 PM
How many of the animal lovers here are hypocritical meat eaters?
Carl W November 27, 2012 at 10:30 PM
One good point, that's really what's on all our minds: were they skinned alive? Here, they make no mention of then being shot/killed FIRST, in anyway. That what were surely most sickened by. Skinned alive is even worse than those in th northwest, & Alaska, who are just shot from planes, for sport, & left to die.
Carl W November 27, 2012 at 10:38 PM
It is.
Carl Stevenson November 27, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Jackson, You can't reason with the PETA wackos, tree-huggers, and fanatical vegans. To them, animals are, perversely, more important than people and it makes them "feel good about themselves" to be "better" than us "barbarians" who engage in such "primitive" activities as raising farm animals for food, hunting, and eating meat. They are (choose to be) ignorant of the facts surrounding animal husbandry or wildlife management. They ignore the fact that hunters spend billions of dollars every year on wildlife conservation and are the primary means of support for the overwhelming majority of conservation efforts, government and private. Wildlife control is necessary for the good of both humans and the wildlife. WIthout sufficient natural enemies, without hunting/trapping, most species will overpopulate to the point where there will be a huge die-off due to starvation and/or disease. Most of those folks won't "get it" unless/until their pets start disappearing and/or their children are bitten (or worse) by foxes, coyotes, etc. Foxes, coyotes, skunks, groundhogs, cats, and bats are rabies vector species ... and the series of shots required if bitten or scratched by one is NOT pleasant and is very expensive, but necessary since rabies is virtually 100% fatal once contracted. Rabies also spreads more readily when the vector species populations get too large because of insufficient controls, adversely affecting the animal population as well as the human population.
Carl Stevenson November 27, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Anyone who caught 11 foxes knew what they were doing because they're not easy to get. If they deliberately disposed of them by the park where they were found, they violated the law regarding disposal of the carcasses. However, it's entirely likely that they were disposed of elsewhere and some other hungry critter (maybe even someone's family dog that they let roam freely) fished them out of the trash or dug them up and dragged them to where they are found. More below on "the horrors of hunting/trapping" for the benefit of all who care to actually base their reaction on facts rather than fuzzy-feel-good emotionalism.
jackson black November 27, 2012 at 11:51 PM
P.E.T.A. means People eating tastey animals...Our society has become so pathetic..tree huggers and green this and green that..free healthcare,bailouts for everyone...waaaaawaaaa, these poor foxes,the inhumanity...ohh wait, they are not human...whatever...grow up people..
jackson black November 27, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Have a steak people...oh wait..steak was a living creature...ok, have some asparagus..
Carl Stevenson November 28, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Carl W. ...nothing is shot from planes for sport. Wolves have been shot by professional hunters FOR THE STATE in Alaska to control problem populations. Feral pigs are sometimes shot from choppers in some places in the south because they ar SO overpopulated and are decimating crops and attacking people. These are management hunts by professionals, not hunts for sport, and are sanctioned by the responsible stat agencies in accordance it's the law. Please don't propagate ridiculous anti-hunting falsehoods.
Carl Stevenson November 28, 2012 at 12:08 AM
I didn't see the deer carcass you refer to, but suspect it was most likely road kill (or a coyote kill) that was eaten to the bone. It doesn't take long for even one big coyote, much less a pack, to pick the, pretty clean. Even a large dog or two could do it.
Carl Stevenson November 28, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Ron, I don't know what township you're in, but local regulation of firearms is prompted by state law. Of course, there are rules rewarding safety zones around occupied buildings, shooting across roads, etc. that must be obeyed, but a total local prohibition would seem illegal under state preemption.
Carl Stevenson November 28, 2012 at 12:18 AM
You beat me to it on what PETA stands for :-) Venison, turkey, rabbit, squirrel ... Yum, yum.
rick troxell November 28, 2012 at 07:22 PM
It appears both sides of this arguement are well represented here so far. It started out though as an article accusing someone or group of some weird act. Apparently not so. 11 fox in one bag.obviously a good fur-taker. Found in a public park (the carcasses).At this point with no explanation as to how they got there causing a flurry of finger pointing and accusation. Hopefully they ended up in the park innocently. As hunting is a viable part of our heritage as the human animal. Meat eater or vegan I hope we all agree this should never have happen or will again.
Crestor Januvia November 28, 2012 at 08:04 PM
You harvest corn, you kill foxes. What an f'ing stupid term.
Crestor Januvia November 28, 2012 at 08:06 PM
I don't care if you have a license or not, or whether you disposed of the bodies in a "responsible" manner. If you kill foxes for their fur, you are a stupid douche moron.
Crestor Januvia November 28, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Killing an animal to eat it is one thing. I have no issue with hunting deer. Killing foxes, 11 at a time, for their fur makes that person a stupid douche bag.
Kaos8 November 29, 2012 at 04:42 AM
I am an animal lover, however, I aggree with the need to hunt, if you are going to do it legally and actually for the purpose of population control, vermin control or for food. But discard of the carcasses appropriately. If you are just hunting for sport, then the animals should have guns too. Fair is Fair. I know some of the people like the "Sport of Hunting", but it can still be a sport, without being inhumane or insensitive to others in the area, who may not agree with your beliefs. Bury it it or dispose of it properly in a bag in a secured trash can.
Kaos8 November 29, 2012 at 04:48 AM
By the way, here is one of the laws regarding the killing of wildlife in PA. PA - Furtaking - Subchapter D. Furtaking Regulations 34 Pa.C.S.A. § 2361 - 2364 These Pennsylvania statutes make it unlawful to take, kill, wound, capture or possess any furbearers except during open season and without a permit. It is also illegal to set traps closer than five feet from a den, use a pole trap, deadfall, poison, explosive, chemical, leg-hold trap with teeth on the jaws, to smoke out or dig out any den, to set or place a cage or box trap in the water, or use any trap unless tended every 36 hours and all animals are released or removed. A violation relating to bobcat or otter is a summary offense of the fourth degree; other violations are a summary offense of the fifth degree. Many more animal laws can be found at: www.animallaw.info ; www.agriculture.state.pa.us ; and www.Animal-Law.lawyers.com - these are some great websites to actually find the laws on domestic and wilflife animals, instead of just speculating.
Fae Danner November 29, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Kaos8: Two excellent comments! Opinions are certainly what blogging is about but you were the smartest of us all -- you actually provided valid information, with a site to further explore. What a refreshing approach!
Carl Stevenson November 29, 2012 at 12:11 PM
I agree with you completely. If someone dumped the fox carcasses illegally, they should be punished as the law specifies. If they were appropriately disposed of and some animal dug them up and dragged them there, the trapper has been wrongly vilified.
Mark Jamison November 29, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Yes, you can shoot an animal in a humane manner resulting in little or no suffering. Conversely, you can not catch an animal by it's foot in a trap, have it languish there for up to 36 hours and not create an incredible amount off suffering pure and simple. This isn't about taking your guns away or hugging those awful trees or even being a vegan. It's about recognizing that trapping is an outdated, indefensible and unnecessary practice that should be abolished. As for the "conservation" issue I would suggest that very few participants in this activity give a rat's ass about population control or any other convenient justifications and would walk away from the practice if the money wasn't there.
tamarya December 04, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Who taught you what PETA stand for? PETA stands for "people for the ethical treatment of animals". I do agree some of the hunting arguments people come up with are stupid, especially when they think they are doing much better buying their meat at a grocery store and buying meat that comes from factories after it has been pumped with growth hormones, overcrowded, and poisoned till death. And the vegans, won't even go there with them, they will basically tell you that you hae all animals, even pets, if you eat meat because you support factory conditions, yet they by their dogs and cats factory made pet food.

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