This Common Gray Fox was caught in a coyote snare. Luckily for the fox, the trappers were only interested in catching coyotes and not other furbearers. The fox was also lucky that the snare tightened around its midsection and not the more common area, the neck. When a snare is set it must be checked within 24 hours, according to the trapping regulations set forth by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.* When the trappers arrived and found they had caught a fox that was still alive and unharmed they began devising a way to release it. They grabbed a second snare from their near-by truck and wrapped it around the fox's muzzle to prevent it from biting. The trappers then preceded to remove the snare that had stopped the fox right in its tracks. Once the snares were removed they placed the fox in a live-trap as a means to cage the animal. Due to its extreme exhaustion of trying to free itself from the snare and the bitter cold of the winter night, had the fox been freed at that moment it most certainly would have perished. It was decided that they would place the caged fox in a barn for couple of days hoping it would regain its strength. After two days of rest and recovery, the fox was released near the place of its capture.
* (It also states that "all furbearers shall be killed immediately." Maybe this is to prevent people from trapping animals and then raising them as pets. This is only an assumption.)
Common Gray Fox
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