It was a case of all trussed up and no place to go.
The red foxes have been out in force at the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, eating members of two species of endangered birds, so a spokesman from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last Monday that the furry offenders would be caught in padded cages and shipped away.
The only problem is that no one wants the carnivorous creatures. Scott Vorhees, spokesman for the animal protection group charged with finding the beasts new homes, said that the foxes are native to the Midwest and that states there have said they already have "populations too high."
The wildlife service said trapped foxes that cannot be relocated to the wild or placed in zoos will be "killed in a humane manner," by injection. Foxes that elude the traps will be shot.