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Kenmore woman tried selling arctic fox pup on Craigslist, DEC says

A Kenmore woman has been charged after she tried to sell an 8-week old arctic fox on Craigslist, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The female pup was advertised for sale for $600, according to a copy of the ad provided by the department.

The DEC identified the woman as Kimberly Marlin, 30.

(Courtesy State Department of Environmental Conservation)

State Environmental Conservation Officer Mark Mazurkiewicz got a phone call Aug. 3 about Marlin's Craigslist ad. Mazurkiewicz then contacted a permitted wildlife rehabilitator who operates a sanctuary for foxes. The rehabilitator met with Marlin and the fox was seized, according to the agency.

In New York, it is illegal to possess, barter or offer for sale a wild animal as a pet, according to environmental regulators.

Marlin was ticketed and is scheduled to appear in Tonawanda Town Court on Aug. 28. She faces up to a $250 fine if convicted, the DEC said.

The fox is being cared for at a permitted facility while the case is being adjudicated.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is expected to follow up on the sale of the pup in Michigan.

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