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Rabid fox found in west Raleigh

Posted July 23, 2013

— Wake County officials are cautioning residents after a rabid fox was found in west Raleigh last week.

Health officials said Tuesday the fox was found Friday near the intersection of South Lakeside Drive and Norman Place. It was taken to a state lab, where it tested positive for the disease. Officials did not say whether the fox was dead or alive when it was found.

"We don't want to alarm residents in Raleigh, but they should be aware of these cases and of the potential for exposure to themselves, family members and their pets," Sue Lynn Ledford, Community Health director for Wake County, said in a statement. “Rabies vaccination is critical to help to prevent the spread of disease, and rabies vaccination is required by law. This is a great opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of rabies vaccinations for their pets.”

Residents are encouraged not to approach animals they do not know or that are acting strangely and ensure their pets have a current rabies vaccination.

To report animal complaints and stray animals:

  • In Wake County (except Cary, Garner, Holly Springs and Raleigh), call 919-212-7387
  • In Cary, call 919-319-4517
  • In Garner, call 919-772-8896
  • In Holly Springs, call 919-557-9111
  • In Raleigh, call 919-831-6311

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  • djofraleigh Jul 24, 2013

    A fox can range 20 miles...

  • chrisnrali Jul 24, 2013

    try to get animal control to test a bat or fox in franklin county, I dare you.

  • Plum Tuckered Jul 23, 2013

    Baldy -- probably coyotes; same diet, though

  • StarvingArtist Jul 23, 2013

    @baldchip: And what do the beautiful foxes eat?

  • baldchip Jul 23, 2013

    We have a bunch of foxes in Clayton. They are beautiful.

    I thought I saw a wolf last week. We can do without them-they will eat small game, fawns, and small pets. Just what we do not need.

  • harinootsak Jul 23, 2013

    Wear thick boots or shoes when working in the yard, Raleigh is overrun with foxes this year. Probability dictates more rabid foxes are out there.