A La Crosse man who admitted killing a fox in a South Side cemetery on Dec. 28 could face three more citations from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Conservation Warden Ed McCann is considering citing Jesse Cary, 21, for hunting without a small game license, possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle and failure to make a reasonable effort to retrieve downed game.
Cary shot the fox with his brother’s .22-caliber rifle at the Woodlawn Cemetery, 3636 Mormon Coulee Road, according to La Crosse police reports.
An officer cited him for discharging a firearm in city limits and obstructing officers.
Cary told police he planned to make a hat from the hide.
Police cited his brother, 23-year-old Jerad Cary of La Crosse, for obstructing officers. He also faces the same three added citations from the DNR as party to the crime.
A judge could also revoke Jesse Cary’s hunting privileges.
“I deal with a lot of dead animals. This one was particularly bothersome,” McCann said. “It was almost like it was a thrill just to kill an animal.”
La Crosse’s small fox population is increasing, and they live primarily near the marsh and in cemeteries, which provide room to run and spots for dens, he said. They help control the rabbit and rodent populations.
“They’re a great animal to have around,” McCann said. “It’s disturbing someone would kill one.”