Potentially rabid fox caught in Chapel Hill
Posted March 20, 2013
The agency sent a news release about 11 a.m. to warn residents of the fox, which was still on the loose. But within an hour, authorities said they had found and impounded a dead fox. The animal will be tested for rabies, and results are expected later this week.
"It is important to note that while officials believe this to be the fox in question and the only fox displaying such behaviors, residents should remain alert until it is confirmed to be the case," Animal Services said in a statement.
Officers responded to a report of a fox attack Tuesday in the Dogwood Acres neighborhood. The victim was on a ladder, pruning trees when the animal approached.
Officers alerted nearby residents and began a search, but they were unable to find the fox.
Later that evening, another person was walking in the Southern Village area when the fox attacked.
Both people are seeking medical treatment, according to the agency.
Anyone who sees an animal behaving strangely is advised to stay away and call Animal Services at 919-942-7387, ext. 1, during business hours. After hours, residents should call 911.
Residents should also make sure pets have current rabies vaccinations. Any unvaccinated dog or cat that is suspected of having contact with a rabid animal must be quarantined for six months or destroyed.