North Carolina group wants to trap foxes that prey on eggs

CASWELL BEACH, N.C.(AP) -- An effort to protect sea turtles that nest on North Carolina's barrier islands has turned into a bitter feud in the small town of Caswell Beach.

A faction of pro-turtle volunteers want to trap and kill foxes that sometimes dig up the turtle nests.

Turtle Watch says traps are needed on five acres across from the Oak Island lighthouse. The group says the best place to trap is near the fox dens.

Most residents oppose the trapping, concerned about killing one animal to protect another. They said the traps pose a safety risk to children and dogs, and removing the foxes will only increase the number of beach rats, squirrels and rabbits on the island.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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