Fox carcass discovered in Park Meadows yard
The carcass of a fox was found in a yard in Park Meadows in late June, the Park City Police Department said, indicating that it appears that another animal might be responsible for the death.
The police received the report at approximately 4:30 p.m. on June 22 from the 1100 block of Lucky John Drive. Rick Ryan, a police captain, said the carcass had started to decompose by the time it was discovered.
Ryan said the homeowner found the carcass six feet from the road and close to a garage. It had been moved to an empty lot across the street from where it was discovered by the time a police officer arrived, Ryan said. An officer disposed of the carcass. Ryan said the head had been separated from the rest of the body.
He said he suspects another animal killed the fox and other animals fed on the carcass later. Ryan, though, did not discount the possibility that a driver hit the animal.
"It doesn’t look like it was inflicted by humans, or gutted by humans," Ryan said.
He said dogs and larger house cats sometime attack foxes.
The state wildlife official assigned to Summit County had not been briefed on the case by the middle of the week. Bruce Johnson, a conservation officer with the Division of Wildlife Resources, said similar cases are reported at a steady clip in Park City and surrounding Summit County.
He said the fox might have died of natural causes and then scavengers fed on the carcass. Some of the animals that might feed on the carrion include another fox, raccoons, badgers, vultures, crows, magpies and birds of prey, Johnson said.
"It’s not uncommon for an animal to naturally die and be scavenged by another animal," Johnson said, adding that the fox carcass would provide sustenance to the others.
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