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Also addressed: To the person who shot the female fox …

We have had the privilege of living near the fox den on Upper Cattle Creek Road, which has produced so much viewing pleasure for everyone driving the El Jebel hill for the past five years. This year was exceptionally enjoyable, with the litter of eight kits and the success of the parents to raise them nearly to weaning with no loss of life. I think at least a hundred cars stopped each week to watch the kits play. Then suddenly Mom was gone. Dad made a valiant effort to care for them; at least he continued to bring them food to keep them alive. And then he was gone. We worried that all the babies would die, but we have since seen two or three at a time.

Through the grapevine we heard of a rancher who shot a fox or two that was killing his chickens. We have raised chickens, and we know that chickens have to be protected with fencing. How sad that someone has to resort to shooting any predator that comes on his property. Unfortunately for all of us, this particular violence destroyed a wildlife family many of us knew and loved. If Mom had not bothered the chickens before, perhaps it was because she never previously had eight mouths to feed. She was only trying to feed her family.

Because this individual is too lazy or ignorant to know that you can protect your livestock without killing everything that comes on your property, all of us have lost something precious. We fear the fox den will now be empty for years to come. What a loss for all of us.

Neighbor: Please consider enforcing your own security in the future, rather than just blasting away the wild creatures that dare to come on your land. If we had only known what you intended to do, any of us would have helped you reinforce your fencing so our foxes could have lived.

Janet and David Boyle

Missouri Heights

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