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Illegal trapping in Neosho's Morse Park is under investigation

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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED JANUARY 13, 2014 BY THE CITY OF NEOSHO

Illegal trapping being investigated

The Neosho Police Department is assisting the Missouri Department of Conservation in investigating an incident of illegal trapping in Morse Park.

It was reported Sunday to the Neosho Police Department that a resident's dog had been caught by a steel animal trap while walking with its owner in Morse Park. Upon investigation, officers discovered two small spring-loaded traps, one of which had caught a fox. Both the dog and the fox were injured but not killed. The traps were located near the ballfields in Morse Park. One was just out of the treeline behind the ballfields, the other near Dean Keeling Drive and the access road leading up to the old city dump.

The Missouri Department of Conservation was contacted and they are investigating. Not only is trapping not allowed on city property, the traps were also not marked with the owner's name as required by state law. The Neosho Police Department is patrolling the area. If the person who set the traps is determined, criminal charges will be filed.

Meanwhile, citizens are asked to please be cautious until the persons responsible are apprehended, and if they locate any additional traps to please contact the Neosho Police Department at 451-8333 or 451-8012, or the Missouri Department of Conservation at 451-4158.

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