Residents in the vicinity of Merrywood subdivision called in reports of what appeared to be fox with mange. There have also been reports of foxes in the Huntington subdivision.
Humane Enforcement supervisor Joey Sanders said his department has recently picked up foxes that appeared to be sick. He said they were destroyed without being examined for rabies which is standard procedure if they had not bitten anyone. He said traps have been set up in areas where they have been spotted.
The last report of a human being bitten and needing to undergo treatment for rabies was last September when a Flemington Woods woman was bitten on the ankleby a gray fox, the same as recently spotted, when her dog was also attacked. An examination of the animal confirmed it was rabid.
Animals with rabies will show symptoms of unprovoked aggression, be overly friendly or will stagger. Advanced symptoms include foaming at the mouth.
People with pets are urged to be sure they are up to date on their vaccinations. Do not leave pet food outside since this attracts wild animals.
Sanders advises anyone who sees a wild animal showing unusual behavior to call his office at 912-489-6911.