Why Not to Scavenge Roadkill

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Man picks up 'dead' fox, wrecks after it revives | www.tennessean.com | The Tennessean

<H1 itxtvisited="1">Man picks up 'dead' fox, wrecks after it revives
By TAVIA D. GREEN &#8226; Gannett Tennessee &#8226; October 6, 2008

Tommy Fox was driving home from his job in Dover Wednesday at about 11 p.m. when a beautiful red fox dashed in front of his SUV.
After he ran over the fox, he stopped his GMC Jimmy to get the fox to cut off its tail for a souvenir, and he put it in the back seat, said Dale Grandstaff, a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wildlife officer."The tails are real bushy and pretty and thick this time of year," Grandstaff said.

Things took an odd turn when Fox heard a noise coming from his back seat and realized the fox was alive &#8212; and not happy.

The driver desperately searched for something to hold the fox back and prevent him from climbing into the front seat and biting him, he told Grandstaff.

As he looked in the back seat to get a blanket to block the fox, he took his attention from the road.

The SUV crossed the center line and wrecked in a ditch, flipping once and landing upside down in the 3900 block of Lylewood Road, Grandstaff said.

Fox suffered minor injuries and bruises and was treated at the scene by Montgomery County Emergency Medical Service.

The fox was found dead in the SUV. Grandstaff said it was not clear whether the animal died of injuries caused by being hit by the SUV or if it died in the wreck. It was also not known if Tommy Fox got to keep the tail.

Fox could not be located for comment, and the complete Tennessee Highway Patrol report was not available Thursday. His vehicle is registered in Beaumont, Miss., said Laura McPherson, Tennessee Highway Patrol spokeswoman.

The wreck was handled by Trooper Vincent Turocy.
Never cage a fox

Grandstaff said foxes can be found in many places in Montgomery County.

"They're around &#8212; they're just really shy and reclusive animals," Grandstaff said. "They do get run over this time of year."

Grandstaff said there was nothing wrong with Tommy Fox taking the animal after striking it. But foxes don't like to be caged, especially when they are alive, he said.

"They are a wild animal &#8212; they don't want to be picked up or touched. They just want to be left alone," Grandstaff said.
Reminds me of a scene in Tommy Boy.

Love the Trooper's comment:

But foxes don't like to be caged, especially when they are alive, he said.
 
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The best part of the article....... "Foxes don't like to be caged, especially when alive"

I don't care who you are that's funny!
 
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"Fox could not be located for comment" if you were just breezing over this story like I was. You might find this funny.
 
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As much as I hate to admit this, this guy is my cousin. I dont see him often but when it happened my grandmother called me to tell me what Tom did. It is going down as the most funny thing that has ever happened to my family....and most embarassing
 
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As much as I hate to admit this, this guy is my cousin. I dont see him often but when it happened my grandmother called me to tell me what Tom did. It is going down as the most funny thing that has ever happened to my family....and most embarassing
Does your family still talk about this? Tom ever find another fox?
 
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Road kill? A friend of mine pulled a quail out of his car grill and proceeded on to his destination, a party where he cleaned the quail, cooked it on the charcoal grill, and ate it.

I might do something similar for certain critters killed accidentally by the vehicle in which I'm riding or driving.
 
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Road kill? A friend of mine pulled a quail out of his car grill and proceeded on to his destination, a party where he cleaned the quail, cooked it on the charcoal grill, and ate it.

I might do something similar for certain critters killed accidentally by the vehicle in which I'm riding or driving.
Is it roadkill if it never touches the road? 🤔
 

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