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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.”

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Rick Czeczok

People who feed these animals need to stop. Urbanization of animals is a big problem. Once there in town they are here to stay and breed and expand. STOP FEEDING WILD ANIMALS

canman

A 22 bullet has the possibility of traveling miles, a ricochet could go anywhere and this fox did more good than these two morons would ever accomplish in a lifetime. Heavy fine, lifetime hunting ban and forfeiture of the gun and vehicle might get the message into their brains, but I doubt it.

LaCrosse Lady

It’s not “just a fox”. A lot of people in town used to visit that cemetery to watch that fox. It’s also not hunting. Its killing for fun. It’s also discharging a weapon in city limits in an area sensitive to vandalism. He could easily have damaged tombstones belonging to family members. My grandmother is buried where he was shooting. It’s also near a park where children play and hiking trails. I think he should be lose hunting privileges - but he didn’t have a license to begin with and it’s not fox hunting season. So yes - take away the privilege of hunting but also steep fines since he wasn’t executing his “privileges” to begin with.

bloodstone

I think a fine & forfeiture of the gun would be sufficient. It's just a fox & a small caliber weapon here

HonestAbe

It's a sensitive habitat the fox population has, and limited. Just because they're in town doesn't mean it's fair game, far from it. I feed city squirrels, I harvest the ones in the country....there's a difference and that's why there are laws. Hope these two were blotto drunk, because if they were sober, they're .... well, not bright.

HonestAbe

*state problem* I was thinking of the Feds on Brice Prairie Upper Mississippi Wildlife Fish & Game (federal). Why don't they throw some charges in too, isn't this whole valley their domain?

HonestAbe

Matt, if I were a defense attorney, playing devils advocate ... I would take a stance, you either call it a city problem or a Federal DNR problem, charge from one or the other, not both.
Would be smart for the city to let the DNR take him to court and strip him of his future privileges for a few years, and lay down some wild game fines (no license, want&waste, etc etc). hmmm ON THE OTHER HAND, nobody is going to complain if they both cite him and charge him ... but could muddy the waters and give defense the edge. *shrug*

Matt Foley

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. Why would he warden NOT cite the violator. They both are criminals.

k

Good,I hope they charge them with as many things as they can. Take away hunting privlages. Thanks for the update.

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