Local News

Aggressive fox forces closure of Cary greenway

Posted June 21, 2011

Map Marker  Find News Near Me

— The Town of Cary has closed Stone Creek Greenway after reports that a fox attacked two people Monday.

The town was working to capture the fox on Tuesday, according to a news release. Anyone who sees the animal is asked to call Cary Animal Control at 919-319-4517.

Cary offered these tips for residents' safety:

  • Never approach any wild animal.
  • Seek help immediately for any person or pet who has been bitten by an animal.
  • Use caution when dealing with any pet that may have come in contact with a potentially rabid animal. Wear gloves and other protective clothing when helping an injured pet and stay away from any bodily fluids, especially saliva.
  • Have all cats and dogs vaccinated against the rabies virus.
13 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jun 21, 2011

    And by the way, if there's one rabid animal there, there are more - and not just foxes.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jun 21, 2011

    Desiderata - "On the side of the Fox, not the people who moved in to THEIR envirement and took over with out though of just WHO had been living there first!"

    Normally I would agree with you, BUT...THIS fox isn't behaving NORMALLY for a fox, and I'd say it's sick, probably rabid.

    Like I said, foxes are normally timid shy animals, not aggressive ones - unless they're rabid.

    Poor thing!

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jun 21, 2011

    "...after reports that a fox attacked two people Monday."

    Not good.

    Love animals, but foxes are generally, by nature, timid animals. This behavior suggests rabies.

    Praying for those attacked, and for any pets that may have gotten near it too.

    A trap baited with raw or even cooked chicken would work on a normal fox, but with a rabid one - maybe not.

  • Desiderata Jun 21, 2011

    IF the people get off the Greenway, the FOX HAS WON!YEAAAAAAAA! On the side of the Fox, not the people who moved in to THEIR envirement and took over with out though of just WHO had been living there first!

  • mikeyj Jun 21, 2011

    Heat presents all sorts of various streeses to the human. Ask any law or medical personel. Lack of substancial rains included and you got a recipe for disaster. And after anykind of soaking rain now snakes will be out and about. Common sense people. No charge.

  • SARCASTICLES Jun 21, 2011

    Natural areas? I seen 'em! The woods around Cary used to be SLAM FULL of 'em...then all those people moved in. Sometimes ya gotta make sacrifices. ;)

  • workingforthosethatwont Jun 21, 2011

    ummm....shoot it?

  • turkeydance Jun 21, 2011

    +1 Badday. the 'foxes' ARE all over Cary. lol.

  • celticsong1958 Jun 21, 2011

    Foxes, Coyotes, or any wild animal that jumps out at or attacks a person is more than likely rabid. Wild animals are more afraid of people then people are of them. I hate to see any animal caught and put down since I am an activist but in this case the fox needs to be caught before someone gets hurt.

  • Whatthehey Jun 21, 2011

    Be nice if WRAL provided more info. Nothing in the article said it was "charging" at a person. That fox, or one in the immediate vicinity, ran right past me last night. Healthy, beautiful animal; looked like a large, young male out hunting just after sunset. Town needs to preserve some natural areas.

More...