One of the escaped zebras in Prince George's County died A spokesperson for the Maryland Natural Resources Police confirmed that a zebra had died.
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One of the escaped zebras in Prince George's County died

One of the escaped zebras in Prince George's County has apparently died. Above, a zebra from the Pittsburgh Zoo. Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo hide caption

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One of the zebras that escaped from a farm in Upper Marlboro in late August died nearly a month ago, according to officials.

The news was first reported by the Washington Post.

The zebra died in a snare trap near a field on a private property in Upper Marlboro, according to Lauren Moses, a spokesperson for the Maryland Natural Resources Police. Officers found the animal on September 16 after responding to a call about a deceased animal, she said over email, adding that the zebra is believed to be one of the equids that escaped on August 31.

Police do not currently have information on who placed the snare trap, per Moses — according to Maryland regulations, it is illegal to use, place, or even to possess a snare trap in Prince George's County. The Natural Resources Police are helping Prince George's County with the investigation, though Moses says that the county's Animal Services Facility is primarily handling it.

However, Linda Lowe, the spokesperson for the Prince George's Department of the Environment, told DCist/WAMU on Thursday evening that Prince George's County was not handling the investigation into the deceased zebra. "The County does not have responsibility over that matter," she said over email.

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Lowe told the Post that three zebras escaped from the farm, rather than the five that had been widely reported. A representative from the county's Animal Services Division did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and Lowe did not immediately respond to additional inquiries.

The zebras escaped from the property of Jerry Holly, who legally owns them through a breeding license with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Attempts to reach Holly have been unsuccessful.

Daniel Rubenstein, a professor of zoology at Princeton University, told DCist/WAMU last month that the escaped zebras could likely survive on the lam in Prince George's County because "all the conditions are out there in terms of food and water, and there's no lions or hyenas to eat them."

After the zebras first escaped, residents posted images of them on social media near roadsides. Those images have been posted with less frequency of late.

This post has been updated with information about Maryland's regulations on snare traps and additional information from the Natural Resources Police.

This story is from DCist.com, the local news website of WAMU.

Previously:Could The Escaped Zebras Survive Roaming Around Prince George's County Forever?

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