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Foxes attack Moore County residents

Posted June 9, 2010
Updated June 11, 2010

— An 11-year-old boy and a 22-year-old man say they were attacked this week by foxes in southern Moore County.

The attacks happened near the intersection of Sycamore Street and Midway Road in Aberdeen.

Talon Thomas, 11, said he was bitten and scratched by the fox while walking home from school Tuesday.

“He bit me on my leg, and then I just picked him up, and I just hit his head against the road and he started kicking me in my head," he said.

Talon said he kept the fox pinned down and tried to keep him quiet so he wouldn't alert other foxes.

“He kept kicking his legs up and I thought his whole family was going to come after me,” he said.

Talon caught the fox and took him to his parents. The boy received a series of rabies shots as a precaution.

Moore County Animal Control officials said Thursday that the fox tested positive for rabies. Talon is expected to receive another round of shots.

A day before Talon's encounter, Taylor Dees, 22, also met up with a fox in the same Midway neighborhood.

“Within like 20 yards, I noticed a fox standing at the edge of the road,” Dees said.

Dees was riding his mountain bike when he said the fox came at him.

“I just like picked the bike up like pretty high and just slammed it right on top of the fox,” Dees recalled.

But Dees said the fox was not easily thwarted and continued to pursue him.

“It came at me again, this time, I hit it with the back end of the bike,” Dees said.

The fox then ran way. Dees said he was not injured.

Animal control officers said if you are bitten or exposed to a fox, wash the wound thoroughly with warm water and soap and seek medical attention immediately. Also, report any fox attacks to animal control.


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  • beachboater Jun 10, 2010

    I really don't think you will be attacked on a public street / residential neighborhood by a fox that is NOT rabid. I think a healthy fox will try to avoid human contact.

    On the same note, I don't think there is a hunting season on coyote. They can be killed anytime. They are a nuisance animal. A friend of mine's wife watched in horror as a coyote ran from behind an outbuilding and snatched her little house dog from just a few feet from her.

    Knock on wood, but I've never seen or heard a coyote around my neighborhood, although a hunter friend has killed several while deer hunting. Still, my labrador retriever constantly keeps her head high listening towards the woods on our nightly walk.

  • wildcat Jun 10, 2010

    Animal control should have been called. Remember these kinds of animals can have rabies.

  • sunshineonmyshoulder Jun 10, 2010

    And stop being so STUPID about your precious guns. They are not the answer to everything.-NotFromHere

    In defense of Bartmeister:
    Maybe he should have said "Rules on Rabid Foxes", but I'm quite sure that's what he meant. Quite frankly, Rule #1 applies to rabid foxes here in the South (and anywhere for that matter). Kudos to the young man for capturing that animal; although I would recomend Rule #1 instead of fighting a rabid fox. Now that animal won't infect any others.
    On the "Kill Everything" notion, we can tell you aren't from here. Everyone "from here" knows that we trap foxes down here, we don't "just shoot them all". NotFromHere-you really need an education on law-abiding gun owners who are From Here before you get up on your soap box about animal populations and over-population.

  • NotFromHere Jun 10, 2010

    "Rules on Foxes? Rule #1 - Shoot first and ask questions later." - Bartmeister

    That's right. The answer to every problem is "just kill it". Let's just shoot at any fox we see. Then when the foxes are all dead, we'll be overrun with mice and rats and rabbits. Ok then just shoot at all of them. Just shoot everything.

    You're like the people who killed off all the wolves and now complain about the deer population. Animals are a part of nature and they are supposed to be here. Learn to live with it. And stop being so STUPID about your precious guns. They are not the answer to everything.

  • danger cat Jun 10, 2010

    Animal control in rural counties IS the Sheriff's Dept so you can imagine how high it is on the list of their priorities. There will be no animal control until the county commissioners direct resources to it and pass laws supporting it.
    As for pellet guns - they will not always kill the animal. Some nasty kid shot my cat with a pellet gun once - one pellet lodged against his breast bone, another broke his leg, and a third stayed in his skull for 10 years until he died at age 19. So that's not a great solution.

  • spb Jun 10, 2010

    What a tough kid. I don't know how smart it was to catch it but hey, there is one less rabid fox out there. I'm glad he's okay.

  • InvolvedCitizen Jun 10, 2010

    Wow. I'm amazed at how that kid handled the attack. Smart and brave... and able to think under pressure. I hope he recovers quickly.

  • andela Jun 10, 2010

    It doesn't take a brain child to realize that a fox attacking people without provocation is probably rabid. Habitat encroachment or not, wild animals prefer not to take on humans and will give fair warning before attacking, they sure as heck won't continue the attack after being beaten with a bike. There was something wrong in that fox's head, most likely the rabies virus ravaging its brain.

  • jp11 Jun 10, 2010

    Buy a 1000 fps pellet rifle and use pointed tipped pellets. But not in Durham (illegal). Everwhere else they are ok as they are not consideredd 'guns' (Wake, Chatham, etc.). Durham c-a-n regulate 'other than guns', which is what Durham considers pellet guns.....great move by the kid to capture that fox.

  • Shadow213 Jun 10, 2010

    itsmyownopinion-- are you sure they're invading your subdivision or is it really that you're invading THEIR home? ;-) the more growth we have, the more of a problem this will become. these guys...foxes, coyotes or whatnot, vicious as they can be, are simply trying to defend their habitat!