Signal Hill fox injured

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One of the silver foxes that have captured attention of visitors to Signal Hill  has been injured.

One of the silver foxes that have captured attention of visitors to Signal Hill  has been injured. The animal, photographed by Telegram photographer Rhonda Hayward late last week, was limping on an obviously broken foreleg, and one eye was damaged and appeared to be blind. Parks Canada officials had been attempting to capture and relocate several foxes after it became known that the animals were being fed by visitors to the hill in spite of warnings from Parks Canada. It was feared the animals, now unafraid of humans, might hurt a sightseer.  It is not known how the fox was injured.  — Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram

The animal, photographed by Telegram photographer Rhonda Hayward late last week, was limping on an obviously broken foreleg, and one eye was damaged and appeared to be blind. Parks Canada officials had been attempting to capture and relocate several foxes after it became known that the animals were being fed by visitors to the hill in spite of warnings from Parks Canada. It was feared the animals, now unafraid of humans, might hurt a sightseer.  It is not known how the fox was injured.

Organizations: Parks Canada

Geographic location: Signal Hill

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  • Joan Scott
    June 16, 2014 - 16:38

    Nice. Lovely. Just in time for the arrival of all our visitors.

  • G. R.
    June 16, 2014 - 10:38

    This is nothing but a mortal sin, these little Fox's that have become somewhat of an attraction to visitors of the site have hurt NO ONE & yet someone has apparently Hurt him!! People have not had the God given sense to obey the common rules of nature nor the Posted rules of DO NOT FEED the Fox's. Which has caused these beautiful creatures to now no longer have a fear of Humans and now because of this we now have one of them with what appears to be to become seriously injured! I hope wildlife now has the sense to capture him & see to it that he gets the medical attention he not only needs but deserves.& no this does not mean putting him down but putting Tax dollars to a good use for a change & giving him proper medical attention so he can heal. Lastly until these little Fox's can be captured & released to a nature park as it is no longer really viable to just release them into the wild where they no longer have a fear of Humans, there should be a wildlife officer posted to the Signal Hill site handing out fines to those who continue to disobey & break the law

    • Bay slicker
      June 16, 2014 - 11:07

      Nice comment....totally agree. However...don't expect provincial wildlife to give out fines....parks Canada has jurisdiction here which is a federal department. Would love to see these foxes on display in salmonier given their disposition where they can live out Their days and not have to worry.

    • Paul
      June 16, 2014 - 16:22

      I would agree with you , IF we knew it was harmed by people...it may well have been, but it could also have been hurt by another animal, a fox, or a cat or dog...maybe it was half blinded by a big ol' Tom cat , and was then hit by a car...as for dealing with people who feed wild animals, its hard to regulate stupidity and selfishness. I can't imagine many people nowadays do not know better, but its shocking that they just don't care and do it anyway...for the short term gain of their own personal gratification. A fed animal is a dead animal.