First it was dead raccoons, now someone has apparently shot and killed a fox at Point Defiance park. Here’s the release from MetroParks:
Fox killed by wildlife assault at Point Defiance Park
Walkers in Point Defiance reported to Parks staff this morning that a fox which appeared to have been shot with a pellet gun was found across from Camp Six. The Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) responded conducting an onsite investigation of the scene and removing the animal for a determination as to the cause of death.
In early February, staff and park visitors encountered dead raccoons which were victimized by similar attacks along Point Defiance’s Five Mile Drive.
"We are asking that park visitors report any suspicious activity to call 9-1-1, stating that they are reporting a potential wildlife crime at Point Defiance Park." said Department of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officer Jeff Summit, "we share the public’s strong interest in catching the person committing these crimes."
The Tacoma Police Department, the City’s Animal Control division and Metro Parks are working collaboratively in support of DFW’s investigation.
"Individuals involved in incidents of this type are subject to criminal and civil charges", stated Tacoma Police Department’s Public Information Officer, Mark Fulghum.
Park visitors are advised not to confront the individuals involved if they witness an attack in progress. If visitors encounter any wildlife injured by unnatural causes they are asked not to disturb the scene to report the location directly to Metro Parks at 305-1024.
Park visitors are also reminded not to feed any wildlife. Human food can not only be unhealthy for animals, it attracts them away from their natural habitat leaving them more susceptible to both accidents and malicious activity. Feeding animals in parks is a violation of the Tacoma Municipal Code, section 8.27.130.