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PA - Trapper dumps skinned coyotes near boat dock

Coyotes, not dogs skinned


MONACA - What the Beaver County Humane Society feared Saturday were two skinned dogs turned out to be two skinned coyotes.

A man walking his dog at the boat launch in Monaca found what humane officials believed were two dogs, skinned from head to toe, around 11 a.m. Saturday, next to one of the launch's parking lots.

The animals, a male and female, had their front legs chopped off, and humane officials believed the female might have been shot in the head. The animals were believed to have been placed there within the last several days.

Officials feared that someone might have skinned the animals as an act of animal cruelty.

Monaca police said Saturday evening that a licensed trapper had captured the coyotes, skinned them and dumped their carcasses near the boat dock, hoping that small animals would eat the remains.

Monaca police did not identify the trapper Saturday and did not say how they learned that the trapper dumped the animals near the dock. By identifying the trapper, police said, they learned that the animals were coyotes and not dogs.

ęBeaver County Times Allegheny Times 2006

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