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I have a bag of fox bones in my car.

There was a red fox that roamed our neighborhood at dawn and dusk. Three times last year I caught sight of it casually trotting across the street, the eyes reflecting my headlights when it glanced my way. But it got too casual about cars and one morning in early fall I saw it again now lying dead on the road in front of a car whose occupants had gotten out, were standing there mourning it. On the way home I noticed the corpse had been moved into the grass at the side of the road. This was by the swamp, a road without a lot of traffic, and the corpse stayed for days, weeks. Eventually disappeared under leaves. Eventually was buried under ice and snow. A few days ago, I checked again. I stopped the car, got out, poked around with a stick and found a matted mass of weeds which turned out to be a matted mass of fur. I couldn't find a skull but there were smaller bones: leg bones, ribs, vertabrae. Dirt covered and seeming otherwise cleaned by insects and time, but I used a plastic bag as a hand-covering to pick them up and deposit them in another plastic bag. I'm not sure yet what I'm doing with them.

I need to check the regulations, too. For instance, there's a migratory bird act that's meant to prevent destruction of any of those species as they travel through countries that might not have strong protection acts of their own. But it's very generously worded, to the point that you could be fined or worse for including a fallen bluejay feather in a work for sale. (Disclaimer: this is what a general reading would mean; I don't know what's been established in further judicial rulings.)



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May. 6th, 2011 07:12 am (UTC)
I'm curious, how would you use the fox bones in your art?
May. 6th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
Still deciding. I'll need to spread the bones out and see exactly what I've got. There's one still-amorphous idea of a dreamcatcher strung with gut & sinew (though not the fox's, obviously), with the vertebrae as beads. That would be appropriate. Glimpses of the fox touched on dream-like, were always a surprise, and it was gone so quickly after. It's caught fast now.
May. 6th, 2011 11:58 am (UTC)
I doubt it is a problem since fox hunting is still allowed today. Checking regs is never a bad thing in our Commonwealth though, and the laws are deliberately vague, annoyingly enough.

Still, one can hunt foxes so I doubt having the bones is a problem.
May. 6th, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC)
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