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Timothy Faust: Don’t feed the foxes

I was disturbed to see the photo of the fox eating the Slim Jim taken by Volodymyr Lysak at the Sav-O-Mat in Silverthorne. I have to wonder how the fox ended up with the Slim Jim. I have been to the 7-Eleven in Breck early in the morning, and have seen foxes lined up at the front door begging for food. Employees have come out giving them food that I wouldn’t ever let a human eat, let alone a wild animal. I have to wonder if the person who took this photo might have fed the fox.

Feeding wild animals is not good for them. Their digestive systems (as well as ours for that matter) were not designed to handled all of the preservatives, salt, fillers, and hormones found in most meat products.

Feeding wild animals is also not good for humans. I have witnessed people hand-feeding foxes, and eventually a person is going to get bitten. Not becuase the animal is mean, but becuase it is an animal. No matter how tame they appear, foxes are not domesticated dogs.

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