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$8,000 Reward for Tips on Skinned Foxes Found Dead

Lehigh Valley animal lovers are pledging thousands of dollars for tips in the case of 11 small animals found dead and skinned in a rural park.

The Lehigh Valley Pitbull Awareness Club is offering a reward for information about 11 small animals -- likely foxes -- found skinned and dead near Quarry Park in Lower Macungie Township last Friday.

The animals were originally thought to be puppies. One was shot and the others appear to have been trapped. They looked to be about 6 months old, according to a Lehigh County Humane Society official.

The club posted a notice of a $100 reward for information in the case on its Facebook page and donations have now swelled to $8,000, which includes a $1,000 pledged by Humane Society President Bruce Fritch.

The club posted this update on Facebook Wednesday:

We want to clarify two things. First, if the police, with help from the humane society and state game officials, feel this is a case of cruelty, we will continue to offer the proposed reward. Dog or fox, it doesn't matter.

Next, we have collected no money to date. We are taking pledges only. We won't be holding on to anyone's money, especially at this time of year. Thank you all, once again.

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

Mark Jamison November 29, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Isn't it pretty obvious by now that these were foxes that were trapped for their pelts and the bodies dumped in a lazy and classless manor? Maybe it's time to think less about these dead bodies and more about the very alive foxes that stepped in a trap last night and are at this moment chewing their own foot off in an attempt to escape before the "sportsman" arrives to "dispatch" them.
Kaos8 November 29, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Mark I totally agree with you in that we need to be worring about the cruelty of the animals - that could be happening today. However, I don't feel that this 11 skinned animal incident should be forgotten. It if does turn out to be a cruelty case, which I personally cannot see how it isn't, then they should continue looking for who did it. Chances are it is not the first time that this person did it, and I guarentee it will not be the last. If this person did it for the pelts or did it for the joy of killing..Being done in this manner, does not rule out that this is just the beginning of this person doing this to other animals and leading to "bigger and better" prey...If you get where I am going with this. Although, I do believe that whomever did this, did it for the pelts, but you never know. The human race does breed some crazies.
Chandler November 29, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Although we do not not like what happened--and the unused parts should have been disposed of properly--- it is legal to hunt/trap fox for the pelts.
Mark Jamison November 29, 2012 at 02:26 PM
It used to be "legal" to own slaves......but we saw the immorality of that practice and abolished it......
Kaos8 November 29, 2012 at 02:36 PM
@Chandler, I realize it is legal to hunt/trap. However, it has not been deemed that this is what this was. I do not know this area of Macungie very well, but I do know that if these were found in a park- which most parks do not allow any kind of hunting on, that there are other issues at hand. I realize an animal could have drug these carcasses there, but the fact is, no one knows in what manner these animals came to be in this situation. That is the BIG Question here. I am not by any means saysing someone can't trap or hunt. BUT if that is what they did, come forward and explain how this happened. If it was an accident, and the trapper just didn't sercure the carcasses somewhere, then admit it and end this nonsense. The problem is, that whomever did this, more than likely did not follow the law on the Trapping and Furtaking in the state of PA.
Kaos8 November 29, 2012 at 02:38 PM
This is from a post I posted the other day. This may be helpful, to those of you who think this guy was just trapping, and also to whomever thinks that this is all illegal. Trapping is legal, however there are laws. "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"
Kaos8 November 29, 2012 at 02:39 PM
So, the odds are that whomever did this, very well may have been trapping or "furtaking"; however, I doubt it was legal.
Mark Jamison November 29, 2012 at 03:31 PM
It probably WAS legal because they can't sell the pelts to a buyer without producing a valid license. The bodies were disposed of poorly. No big deal, so someone saw the unpleasant residual of what we are so happy is a "legal" activity. I grew up around trappers and remember seeing huge piles of skinned raccoons, foxes, opposing, muskrats, beavers, and mink. They freeze solid and are a lot harder to get rid of than you think. This guy was just lazy. But it begs the question" if you're not going to eat it...why are you killing it"?
Carl Stevenson November 29, 2012 at 03:47 PM
And what, besides that you don't approve of it, leads you to conclude that anything illegal happened? You admit that another animal (perhaps someone else's family dog ... maybe yours ... , illegally wandering off leash off of their property) could easily have found and dragged the fox carcasses there. Seems to me that many of you folks just can't stand that any activity you don't approve of could be legal and you're bound and determined to find someone guilty of SOMETHING, no matter what, just to justify your personal frustration that your view isn't mandated on everyone, regardless of the facts. Have you always had these totalitarian tendencies? Come to think of it, I have just as much proof that your illegally wandering dog dragged the carcasses there as you have that anyone else did something illegal. However, I'm not suggesting that you should be hung from the nearest tree for "the offense." Not everything that you find distasteful is, or should of necessity be, illegal.
Carl Stevenson November 29, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Now, I think I'll go buy a furtaker license, just to piss you off more :-)
Kaos8 November 29, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Selling fur illegally is not that hard to do. You can find pelts all over the internet, including EBAY and other websites all over. In many cases these people do not have licenses to do this. I am totally for the population control of some of the wildlife. They do get aggressive toward people when they are sick, or are starving and having to go to areas they normally would not go to get food. They also can carry Zoonotic Diseases, which a lot of people may not be aware of.
Kaos8 November 29, 2012 at 08:15 PM
"This listing is not all inclusive of zoonotic diseases that you or your pets can be exposed to when coming in contact with wildlife. This list is intended to raise awareness that these risks do exist: ◦Rabies: Generally transmitted by direct contact (bite or scratch, or direct exposure to blood or saliva) with rabid wildlife or by contact with domestic animals, which have acquired the infection from rabid wildlife. High-risk animals include skunks, foxes, raccoons, coyote and bats. Low-risk animals include squirrels, rabbits, rats and opossums and other mammals. ◦Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF): transmitted by the bite of an infected tick or by the contamination of skin by crushed tick tissue or waste. ◦Lyme Disease: transmitted by the bite of an infected tick or flea or by the contamination of skin by crushed tick/flea tissue or waste.
Kaos8 November 29, 2012 at 08:16 PM
***Part 2 of the most common on Zoonotic Diseases*** ◦Psittacosis (Ornithosis Chlamydiosis):transmitted by the bite or scratch of various species of birds especially parrots, parakeets, pigeons and doves. ◦Leptospirosis: transmitted to humans by direct contact with an infected animal, its urine, or indirectly via urine contamination of soil, water or food. ◦Hanta Virus: transmitted by flea bites or by direct contact with infected animals or their discharges (feces, saliva, and dried urine). High-risk animals include wild rodents. ◦Tularemia: transmitted by the bites of ticks/deerflies and mosquitoes and/or by handling an infected animal. High-risk animals include rabbits, prairie dogs and deer. ◦Baylisascaris procyonis " transmitted through the mishandling of raccoon feces. ◦Giardiasis: is a diarrheal illness caused by a one-celled, microscopic parasite. Once an animal or person has been infected, the parasite lives in the intestine and is passed in the stool. Because the parasite is protected by an outer shell, it can survive outside the body and in the environment for long periods of time. Signs include diarrhea, stomach cramps, and nausea. People become infected when they drink water containing this parasite or by putting something in their mouth that has come into contact with a pet's stool.
Kaos8 November 29, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I have a very high coyote population where I live. My dog got into a tussle with one a couple of months ago in my yard. My dog is fine and apparently the Coyote lived- bcs I never found its carcass in the fields or areas near me. I wish someone would do something about them. There is a large amount of new construction in what used to be wooded and field areas below the Blue Mtns, thus pushing these coyote out into my area. We always had Coyote, but the population has grown over the years and they are becoming more and more bold. Plenty of deer and other animals for them to eat in my area, however, I suspect that they are being pushed out of their normal living areas due to construction. I live in a pretty rural area, with small developments or large single homes being built spuratically. There is a lot of farmland preservation too. In the 35yrs my husbands family has been here, we have never had a problem with them until this year. So My Answer is Yes, I believe in hunting if it is for diseased, population control and humane- but it has to be legal. If it is not hunting season, call Pest Control or the Game Commission.
Kaos8 November 29, 2012 at 08:31 PM
I am sure that my Coyote problem, is the same for many other animals, like fox, raccoons, oppossum, etc.. in other areas, where there is a high developmental rate and the human population is growing rapidly. The problem is, you cannot discharge a weapon in a residential area, or within "x" amount of feet of a dwelling. So, there are many people that cannot just go out and shoot these animals. However, call Game Commission or a Pest Control Agency. In many cases, they may be able to relocate these animals. Unfortunatley, there are cases where the animal will be destroyed. So if you can hunt in your area, good for you, use the meat or fur or whatever.. I condemn no one who hunts, legally.
Kaos8 November 29, 2012 at 08:37 PM
The big point is: If this was done legally, why doesn't the person who did this, just come forward already and say, "Hey, I trapped/hunted these 11 fox, I have a license, and I messed up on the carcass disposal. " Put this whole thing to bed. This has now become a fairly wide news sensation. I do not live in Lower Macungie, I heard about this, when it was thought these were 11 puppies, on the news..Then on my local Patch, this article came up, and I commented. I am very glad it was not puppies. But if a hunter/trapper caught 11 young fox, chances are they would remember it. It sounds to be a pretty good catch. Just fess up to it, and end this whole ordeal. Yeah, now it might be a little embarrassing, because it is such a big media thing now, but if it was an innocent thing, there should be no problem. Because, this is definately something people are not going to drop. Too many people know about it and now there is a reward.
Kaos8 November 29, 2012 at 08:38 PM
OK, I am done with my book.
Mark Jamison November 29, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Thank God !
tamarya November 30, 2012 at 03:50 AM
I was thinking the same thing Mark.

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