Canadian snowmobilers deliberate kill fox by repeatedly running it over. ... EDIT: THE POLICE GOT 'EM! ... They've been sentenced.

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    Feb 11, 2010 11:17 PM GMT
    A Charlottetown couple is accusing snowmobilers of running over and killing a young fox in a field behind their home.

    Gail Hurry and her husband Paul heard the machines roaring through the field around midnight Friday night.

    They spotted the animal's crushed body in the snow on Saturday.

    "You can see the tracks, around and around. They went around this animal. They had him cornered. He had nowheres to run," said Hurry, who believes the fox was run over several times.

    "I definitely think there should be some kind of a charge. You just can't do this," she said.

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    Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2010/02/07/pei-fox-killed-snowmobilers-584.html#ixzz0fH5aiWZ6
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    "The P.E.I. [Prince Edward Island] Snowmobile Association had been offering a $500 reward for the names of the person or persons believed to have deliberately chased down and killed the fox in question by running over it repeatedly with their snowmobiles early last Saturday morning. ...

    A spokesman for the department says they will be looking to speak with those individuals, who were identified through tips received from the public. ...

    The killing of the fox in this manner has spurred calls for tougher penalties for those convicted of crimes involving animal cruelty."

    http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=326073&sc=98
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    Feb 12, 2010 12:25 AM GMT
    Snowmobilers are usually more responsible people than that, at least when I rode mine in North Dakota & Minnesota. You avoided wildlife, and also didn't damage their habitats. We tended to stay in open fields, with farmer permission, and followed routes that were published and available from the snowmobile dealers. Plus some paths were marked by the snowmobile clubs, with half-size stop signs at road crossings, and other directional markings.

    The network of approved trails was so extensive you could travel for hundreds of miles, and actually go shopping and run ordinary errands on your snowmobile, as I often did. For this reason my big 2-person "touring" sled had a rear rack, on which was usually mounted a crate for carrying home groceries and other stuff (not infrequently booze).

    In fact, I remember saying to the package (liquor) store clerk one day that I had arrived there by truck, car, bicycle, motorcycle, snowmobile and on foot, so the only thing left for me was by boat! LOL! And given the "overland" flooding we often experienced there during the Spring thaw, a boat wasn't all that inconceivable.

    BTW, snowmobiling across open farm fields did have it's wildlife hazards, from herds of deer that would come out of the wooded "shelter belts" to dig through the snow for crop stubble. You'd try to avoid them, but if they spooked they might charge TOWARDS you, and a few times I had them leap right over me and my sled, once striking my windshield with a hoof. Ah, North Dakota; if you haven't been there you haven't lived (or frozen half to death).
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    Feb 12, 2010 12:34 AM GMT
    ...they probably thought it was the mascot for Faux Television.
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    Feb 12, 2010 12:41 AM GMT
    meninlove said ...they probably thought it was the mascot for Faux Television.

    And then they make jokes about it. How sad!

    I am not surprised your neighbors wanted you out of the neighborhood, if you find such incidents matters for joking.

    Actually, I understand Cdns are quite outraged. ...well, most anyway
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    Feb 12, 2010 12:44 AM GMT
    lol, you dope! icon_lol.gif
    Of course we're pissed off about it.

    Will now scan the forums to see if you started a topic about that psycho commander they finally caught up with.

    Heheh, if Canada was a man, Caslon, I'd be telling you two to get a room.
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    Feb 12, 2010 12:54 AM GMT
    meninlove said lol, you dope! icon_lol.gif
    Of course we're pissed off about it.

    Will now scan the forums to see if you started a topic about that psycho commander they finally caught up with.

    Heheh, if Canada was a man, Caslon, I'd be telling you two to get a room.


    oh right, I can see how pissed you are. Same joke your neighbors played on your little dogs....bet you laughed your ass off then. . icon_wink.gif

    Already started that thread ... icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 12, 2010 1:01 AM GMT
    ...omg Caslon took more Ambien...icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 12, 2010 1:11 AM GMT
    meninlove said...omg Caslon took more Ambien...icon_lol.gif

    I'm not the one making callous light about a vicious killing.
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    Feb 12, 2010 1:11 AM GMT
    OK, enough you guys! RJ regulars that I really like, meninlove and Caslon (of constantly changing number) should not be fighting!

    So now you 3 all kiss and make up, you hear? Or I shall be very displeased with each of you! And you do NOT want that!

    :::stomping foot on floor::: icon_mad.gif
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    Feb 12, 2010 1:20 AM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidOK, enough you guys! RJ regulars that I really like, meninlove and Caslon (of constantly changing number) should not be fighting!

    So now you 3 all kiss and make up, you hear? Or I shall be very displeased with each of you! And you do NOT want that!

    :::stomping foot on floor::: icon_mad.gif

    Hey I didnt start this. Talk to your buddy Doug. ...and leave me out of it.

    Poor fox.
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    Feb 12, 2010 1:26 AM GMT
    Sayyyy...anything for Red Vespa!! *leans over and gives Caslon a big wet kiss*
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    Feb 12, 2010 1:26 AM GMT
    Caslon13000 said
    Red_Vespa saidOK, enough you guys! RJ regulars that I really like, meninlove and Caslon (of constantly changing number) should not be fighting!

    So now you 3 all kiss and make up, you hear? Or I shall be very displeased with each of you! And you do NOT want that!

    :::stomping foot on floor::: icon_mad.gif

    Hey I didnt start this. Talk to your buddy Doug. ...and leave me out of it.

    Poor fox.

    I do indeed consider Doug, and his partner Bill, as my online buddies. And you too, guy. I'm quite serious about that.

    Their joke about Faux News can be debated for its good taste. But they also said they were pissed about the incident. I think we can end it there, yes? I believe there are more deserving targets on RJ for your wrath. Let me propose a few... icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 12, 2010 1:32 AM GMT
    Red_Vespa said
    Caslon13000 said
    Red_Vespa saidOK, enough you guys! RJ regulars that I really like, meninlove and Caslon (of constantly changing number) should not be fighting!

    So now you 3 all kiss and make up, you hear? Or I shall be very displeased with each of you! And you do NOT want that!

    :::stomping foot on floor::: icon_mad.gif

    Hey I didnt start this. Talk to your buddy Doug. ...and leave me out of it.

    Poor fox.

    I do indeed consider Doug, and his partner Bill, as my online buddies. And you too, guy. I'm quite serious about that.

    Their joke about Faux News can be debated for its good taste. But they also said they were pissed about the incident. I think we can end it there, yes? I believe there are more deserving targets on RJ for your wrath. Let me propose a few... icon_wink.gif

    Well, I think he is an idiot. And would be most happy if he just left me alone. I dont say things to him.....til he starts something ... icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 12, 2010 1:53 AM GMT
    Caslon13000 saidWell, I think he is an idiot. And would be most happy if he just left me alone. I dont say things to him.....til he starts something ... icon_wink.gif

    He (or both of them) is not an idiot, rather they are very wise and respected members here, whose sage advice always outshines my own. And you also have a reputation I admire.

    So I'm just gonna drop this, and hope it's a passing misunderstanding or other aberration, so I can go back to liking all of you. And I hope you can drop it, too, as I read here they have done. Is that OK?
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    Feb 12, 2010 1:58 AM GMT
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    Caslon13000 saidWell, I think he is an idiot. And would be most happy if he just left me alone. I dont say things to him.....til he starts something ... icon_wink.gif

    He (or both of them) is not an idiot, rather they are very wise and respected members here, whose sage advice always outshines my own. And you also have a reputation I admire.

    So I'm just gonna drop this, and hope it's a passing misunderstanding or other aberration, so I can go back to liking all of you. And I hope you can drop it, too, as I read here they have done. Is that OK?

    If he ignores me, I will, as I have, ignore him. But so far, apparently, my awesomeness has proved too irresistible for him.

    Now back to my originial posting ... this poor little fox....viciously and cruelly murdered
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    Feb 12, 2010 2:07 AM GMT
    Caslon13000 said...But so far, apparently, my awesomeness has proved too irresistible for him.

    Now back to my originial posting ... this poor little fox....viciously and cruelly murdered

    Your awesomeness? Oh gawd, let's not go there right now. That may require a separate thread of its own.

    But yes, let's talk instead about the fox. About which meninlove wrote: "... we're pissed off about it." And me, too.

    And as I related in my earlier post above, not something responsible snowmobilers would do, or countenance. I hope these vile characters are identified and prosecuted. Are we all in agreement on that?
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    Feb 12, 2010 2:10 AM GMT
    Yep,all in agreement, Red Vespa. When I saw the topic and pic it brought back some bad memories. There are a lot of assholes out there.


    -Doug
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    Feb 12, 2010 2:19 AM GMT
    probably a bunch of stupid kids.
    i hope they make their name public, so everyone knows what jerks they are.

    skidoo riders can be total morons. The municipalities around here maintain a really nice network of XC skiing trails , groomed and all. Every winter some low lives, we're talking IQ's of 25 and under, find their way onto a ski doo and massacre the freshly groomed trails.
    so i'm not even surprised at something like that. How many jerks also make a point of running over a raccoon or cat on the roads .
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    Mar 02, 2010 5:44 PM GMT
    "Charlottetown Police Services have identified and charged three men in relation to the death of a fox on the northern outskirts of the city last month. The three men are charged under Section 445 (1) of the Criminal Code of Canada - willfully causing unnecessary suffering to an animal. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 18 months in jail or a $10,000 fine or both. Maximum sentences are rarely imposed, especailly for first time convictions.

    The three individuals charged are:

    Craig George Younker, 28, of Winsloe;
    Christopher Roy Gates, 24, of Winsloe; and
    Christian Lund., 28, of Charlottetown.

    The three suspects allegedly were involved in the deliberate killing of a fox in a field adjacent to the Hurry Road in early February.
    Police believe one of the snowmobilers chased down the animal and deliberately struck it with his machine while a second finished it off. Police also believe a third sledder was involved.
    The fox was killed in the early morning of February 6 and it was always believed by the people who found it dead in the field that it was chased by at least several snomobilers, who surrounded it and then killed it by running over it."

    http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=330684&sc=98

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    Jun 29, 2010 1:19 AM GMT
    Their sentencing....

    "Two of three men charged with willfully causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal in connection with the death of a fox earlier this year entered guilty pleas Monday in provincial court.

    Craig George Younker, 27 and Christopher Roy Gates, 24, both of Charlottetown, entered pleas of guilty before Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr. Orr suspended the passing of sentence in Younker's case placing him on probation for 18 months. While on probation he must perform 175 hours of community service work. If he chooses not to perform that community service work Younker has the option of paying $10 to the P.E.I. Humane Society for each hour of work he chooses not to perform.

    Gates was sentenced to serve 30 days under house arrest. He is to remain in his residence at all times unless authorized to leave his residence for such purposes as may be designated by his probation officer. No more than two persons are allowed to visit his residence at any one time.

    He will spend 18 months on probation during which time he must perform 175 hours of community service work.

    If he chooses not to perform that work Gates also has the option of paying $10 to the P.E.I. Humane Society for each hour he chooses not to perform.

    Both men have been prohibited from operating a snowmobile for the next 18 months. ... "

    http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=345182&sc=98