Letter: DEM was no help with sick fox downtown

Posted 11/19/20

On Saturday, Nov. 14, I called the R.I. Department of Environmental Management. I was deeply concerned about a fox in our neighborhood that was in extreme distress.

He had lost his fur, and …

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Letter: DEM was no help with sick fox downtown

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On Saturday, Nov. 14, I called the R.I. Department of Environmental Management. I was deeply concerned about a fox in our neighborhood that was in extreme distress.

He had lost his fur, and lesions were visible on his body. His eyes were swollen and he was totally emaciated (pictures are too disturbing for print.)

When the DEM officer arrived, he prepared a metal snare that he would use to catch the animal, which was now hiding under a garden shed. After several unsuccessful attempts he declared there was nothing

more he could do. He told us not to worry because the animal would be dead in a week.

I suggested we use a Hav-A-Heart trap, which I could provide, that would catch the animal safely and would cause him no further harm. The DEM officer stated that it was not acceptable, and if I used one it would be my responsibility to euthanize the animal.

He then gave everyone a recital on safety protocol, not once considering the agony this creature was enduring.

I then called the DEM emergency number and was told that there was nothing they could do.

So this animal still roams our streets, enduring a slow painful death, and I hold the DEM responsible.

Department of Environmental Management … I think not.

Dennis Isadore
Bristol

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