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New Mexico man who freed fox may face charges

PLACITAS, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico man who freed a fox from a foot-hold trap near Placitas may face charges.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Placitas Animal Rescue owner Gary Miles was told recently the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish may arrest him for possession of the fox.

Miles says he refused to hand over the fox because the Game and Fish officer refused to tell him what the agency would do with the animal.

The Game and Fish Department says Miles violated state law when he refused to hand over the fox.

Miles says he found the fox in a tramp on Dec. 30 but it "officially" escaped his care last week.

It is illegal to possess live furbearers, such as foxes, in New Mexico.

Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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