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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. 

Crestor Januvia November 28, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I hope whomever killed them, and whomever wears the fur, gets cancer.
Carl W November 29, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Dumping fee? How 'bout the ones that were skinned alive? THAT doesn't even come under hunting. (The one may have been skinned first, THEN shot, perhaps because he didn't die fast enough)?? Even the evil mousetraps are more huimane!!
Kaos8 November 29, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Animal Abuse Laws in the State of Pennsylvania are horrific. They are a little slap on the wrist. Regardless if it was a dog or a fox, this sounds to be pretty inhumane. I can understand hunting, if you are using the meat..But to kill these animals and then just take the skins and dump them is inexcusable. It is a shame that even if they do catch the guy or girl- not much will happen. Check out some animal laws and ask questions: http://animal-law.lawyers.com or go to the Pennsylvania State Agricultural site, or www.animallaw.info - all these sites have tons of information on what can be done to people like this and what the laws are. If you look, you will find that PA's fines are probably the lowest in the country and I believe it is up to 90 days jail time for each offense. This is if the person is ever caught and charged.
Kaos8 November 29, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Please also take note that I said, UP TO 90 Days, jail time...Many, if not most cases never get any jail time, just fines.
Kaos8 November 29, 2012 at 04:26 AM
These are some listed Pennsylvania Statutes: Please all concerned read! Even if they are fox- Is it open Fox Season? 1. PA - Fur - Dog and Cat Product Act PA ST 73 P.S. § 210-1 - 6 This set of laws represents the Dog and Cat Product Act. The act provides that no person shall sell or offer for sale, wholesale or retail, the fur, skin or hair of a dog or cat or any product or part of a product containing the fur, skin or hair of a dog or cat. Violation of the act commits a misdemeanor of the third degree. Subsequent offenses committed within five years of a prior conviction for the same offense constitutes a misdemeanor of the first degree. 2. 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.
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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