Jenny Henderson, Special To Star Tribune
Letter of the Day (July 8): Foxes
- July 7, 2012 - 4:40 PM
"Foxes may hold key to Lyme disease rise," states a July 2 article. The key, according to the article, is that coyotes, which "may even eat foxes," are causing the fox population to decline. Foxes eat small rodents that carry the ticks that infect both deer and humans. The research suggests reducing the deer and coyote population and rehabilitating the red fox, which in turn will reduce the number of ticks, hence a reduction in Lyme disease. And what animal is being counted on to carry out the organic reduction of deer and coyotes? Wolves. But wait -- aren't we starting huge wolf hunting and trapping seasons this fall? Where is the logic? Who benefits? How many other animals including the red fox will be lured into the baited trap areas, and become victims?
LINDA PETERSON, PLYMOUTH
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