My name is Gene McKenna, a longtime Fairfield resident. When I read your story about the foxes by Burr School the other day, I thought what a shame. Typical.

I am an environmentalist, nothing extreme. For example, I am NOT a member of either PETA or Greenpeace or anything like that. I just happen to like wildlife, and I am always upset to see people constantly expanding their own range while reducing and/or destroying habitat for wildlife. In a sense, we are also destroying the environment of the world at large, which in the long run is only hurting ourselves.

Anyway, back to the foxes near Burr School. In your article, you stated that the foxes are to be captured and then “relocated.” But you didn’t say just where they are to be “relocated.” In case you don’t know, in the wildlife “capture and relocate” business, “relocation” is just another word for “destruction,” meaning that those foxes will be trapped and then KILLED. They will most certainly NOT be relocated to some nice state park or anything of that sort.

In case you doubt my words, please call Mr. Chris Vann, at the Connecticut Department of Wildlife, at 800-424-3496. I just got off the phone with him a short while ago, and he assured me that when it comes to capturing and “relocating” foxes in Connecticut that does, in fact, mean that the foxes will be captured, taken away, and then killed. In fact, that’s the law on the books in Connecticut. A lot of people would be very surprised to know that. The same holds true for capturing and “relocating” other wildlife species such as raccoons, skunks and others.

I am pretty sure that most wildlife “relocators” like to use that term as a euphemism when dealing with potential “customers” who have some issue with wild animals. I believe that they tend to give the impression that the animals will be caught and then taken to some “better place.” But that’s not how it goes, as I have already explained. I happen to think that if the wildlife “relocator” had spoken truthfully to the administrators of Burr School, perhaps the powers that be at Burr would have decided to go with the maxim of “live and let live” and just let those foxes be. I mean, how many times have you ever heard of a fox attacking a person, even a small child of elementary school age? I have never heard of that myself, and I would take a guess and say that it’s never happened before. Foxes aren’t wolves, and are rather small — certainly smaller than both wolves and coyotes — and they eat mainly small rodents, not young children!

If the truth comes out about this situation, I bet many parents and kids at Burr School would feel very differently about this matter. Is it too late to save those foxes? I don’t know, but I think it’s worth a try. Treating wildlife, and by extension our greater environment in this way, is a bad lesson to be teaching to our kids.

Gene McKenna

Fairfield