More than 50 people braved the chilly air Dec. 11 to attend a candlelight vigil in the Village of Arroyo Grande to remember Foxy, a young, grey fox euthanized last month by federal wildlife officials.
The informal gathering was made up of men, women and children who shared memories of their Foxy sightings. Some brought their dogs that had played with Foxy. Marissa is a local resident who came to remember Foxy. She wore a fox sweatshirt and brought her dogs Bandit and Wizard. She said she has a video of Bandit playing with Foxy. Other attendees also shared stories of their interactions with the playful fox.
A donation box was affixed to a poll to gather money to help pay for informational signs to educate the public about the unintentional dangers of interacting with wildlife. Donations are being collected online through www.gofundme.com/agvillagefoxmemorialfund. To date, more than $3,500 has been raised toward the $15,000 goal. More than $300 was raised the night of the vigil.
-By Justin Stoner