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Wildlife officials confiscate pet fox in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Colorado Parks and Wildlife confiscated a wild fox from a Colorado Springs resident. It is illegal to own wild animals in Colorado and is a misdemeanor punishable by a $100 fine.

Officials said they found the woman through her Instagram page, which dates back to May 2018 when the animal was a small kit. She posted dozens of photos and videos of the fox. CPW said some of the images showed the fox in a collar and eating human food.

The agency is now reminding people to keep wildlife wild. According to a press release, officials had to euthanize the fox because it had been in captivity for two years. Wildlife officers determined it would not be able to survive if released back into the wild.

"People cannot take care of wildlife better than their parents," Frank McGee, Area Wildlife Manager for the Pikes Peak region, said. "It is selfish and irresponsible to take these animals from the wild.”

McGee reminds people that if you see a baby wildlife animal that looks orphaned or abandoned, leave it alone and do not touch it. Instead, call wildlife officials so they can assess the situation.

This was so unnecessary and sad for the fox and our officers,” McGee said. “People often think they are helping when they pick up wildlife. They are not. These are wild animals. They are not meant to live in captivity.” 

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Emily McTavish

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  1. When I clicked on the headline I said I know it’s a woman only a woman will be stupid enough to do that. It reminds me of the dumb women in my neighborhood that put their dogs in baby strollers and walk them around.

  2. So the moral is “don’t keep wild animals. You could kill it, so we will take it and kill it.” Its a fox, The Wildlife department couldn’t think of anything better like oh I don’t know a zoo, wild life rehabilitation center, or leaving it with the woman. Instead they had to kill it.

    1. Agreed. You can keep pigs, goats, ferrets, opossums, etc. What’s wrong with keeping a fox? Say, so long as it has rabies and communicable disease shots. If its really that big of a deal, give a notice and tell the woman to apply for an exotic animal license. No permanent damage would be done. So sad.

      1. the only thing wrong with your answer is that you will then have all sorts of people removing baby animals from their environment. Some animals are actually born with rabies as well. A dangerous proposition.

        1. You are 100% right unfortunately, sad thing is she had her Baby Boy 2 yrs already, I believe it was because it was on social media, it would cause (like you stated) others to keep the wild out of the wild.

      2. When they reach a certain age, usually three years old, they become more combatant and mean, it’s a natural instinct. There is a wolf preserve in Divide that has several of these animals that got to a certain age and then turned on the owner.

        1. An RSPCA spokeswoman said: “It’s extremely unusual for foxes to attack young children or anyone. It’s not typical fox behaviour at all. Foxes will come closer to a house if there are food sources. Then they can become quite bold, but they usually do back off and run away when there are people around.

  3. There is a wolf wildlife sanctuary in Divide. Why didn’t they send the fox to that location?!? I think the Division of Wildlife likes to euthanize animals instead of thinking of an alternate solution.

  4. So, in order to ensure this woman was not mistreated the fox, DOW took it and killed it. Yep, that will definitely keep her from mistreating it! Are you kidding me?

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