BROCKPORT, N.Y. -- Towns located on the Erie Canal are experiencing visible changes as trees are being cut down for environmental reasons.
“The trees went down, the area was disturbed and all of a sudden we had these two foxes prowling our neighborhood streets,” said Village of Brockport treasurer, Erica Linden.
To fix the fox problem, the village asked a well-known trapper for his help.
“I was only trying to help to solve this dilemma for a community,” said Tim Wandtke of the Western NY Wildlife Service.
However, the town would later find out that his license hadn’t been renewed by the DEC. Wandtke says he has waited months for the DEC to renew his license.
“This was an emergency scenario and in an emergency scenario, you take means that you might not have done if it wasn’t such an urgent scenario, said Wandtke. When you have a woman with a dog in her arms being circled by a fox, that’s an emergency.”
Brockport officials now want the DEC to do its part so that something like this won`t happen again.
“He had conveyed himself as a wild life operator that was licensed so we felt comfortable reaching out to him, said Linden. What I`m questioning is the updated list on the DEC website and the communication I`ve gotten out of that office to confirm what we have.”
The DEC conducted their own investigation into the fox trapping and found no violations.
“We did not find any violations. The traps were lawfully placed and removed,” said Lt. Bruce Hummel of the DEC.
The agency has yet to comment as to why Wandtke`s license has not been renewed.