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GUILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut wildlife rescue organization is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of person responsible for the death of a mother fox which was missing a foot.

The Connecticut Wildlife Rehabilitators Association says the fox was found dead in Guilford yard, its paw missing most likely due to being caught in a leg hold trap. The fox’s five kits have been seen playing in the area under the care of their father.

Organization President Laura Simon tells The New Haven Register that recent scientific research suggests that foxes, which primarily hunt small rodents, help reduce Lyme disease risk by keeping the rodent population down.

She says the incident also underscores how vital it is for Connecticut to ban the use of the leg hold traps.


Information from: New Haven Register,