Friday, March 6, 2015

Fox hunts suspended in county parks

Move follows injuries to Jamison woman and her dog during New Year's day hunt.

Fox hunts suspended in county parks

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John and Judy Cox with their Labs, Daisy (left) and Ganter. (Bill Reed/Staff)

Bucks County has suspended use of its parks for fox hunts while all uses of the parks are studied, Commissioner Chairman Rob Loughery said Wednesday.

The suspension was requested by Warwick Township after resident Judy Cox and her 10-year-old Labrador retriever were overrun by fox hounds on New Year’s Day. Cox suffered scratches, bruises and one bite wound, and her dog, Daisy, required treatment for bites on her ear, stomach and leg.

Bill Mitchell, director of Parks and Recreation, said he has not received any hunting permit requests this year for Dark Hollow Park, where Huntingdon Valley Hunt has been staging the hunts since 1970. The New Year’s Day hunts go back to 1914.  

Claire Harris, co-founder of Huntingdon Valley Hunt, said the ground has been too soft for the hunts, which will probably resume in September. The group uses other sites besides county parks.

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Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at cpalmer@phillynews.com, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at bfinley@phillynews.com, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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