Resident Reports Fox Attacks Dogs “Then the fox turned on me!”

by Prince Of Petworth December 29, 2015 at 11:10 am 13 Comments

previous Fox sighting in Meridian Hill Park last December

From the Cleveland Park Listserv one resident reports:

“Yesterday [Sunday] in Tregaron Park, the grounds of the International School, along the fenced boarder of the back yards of the houses along Macomb St., the first block west of Connecticut Ave., a fox attacked my dogs as we were walking them along a trail. Then the fox turned on me! This is unusual behavior for a fox and indicates that it may be infected with rabies. I alerted animal control, and brought my dogs in for a rabies booster, but have not yet heard from them.”

Another reports:

“And I also saw a fox (there may be more than one) on Woodley Road and the corner of 36th about 10 days ago, plus our neighbor on Woodley (behind Tregaron) reported that her cats were bitten by a fox 2 days ago–which sounds like it might have been Saturday.”

and another:

“I saw the fox twice on Saturday, ranging in the backyards between Newark and Macomb Streets starting at the west end of Ross Place and going east about 6 houses. It was yipping and stood its ground rather than running when I appeared. This fox it isn’t just confined to Tregaron.”

  • Sue

    This is incredibly scary. NOT normal behavior. Probably indicative of rabies.

    • INDC

      Could also be a condition called mange. The Human Society has good information on fox behaviors and suggestions: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/foxes/tips/solving_problems_with_foxes.html?

      • INDC

        * Ack. Meant Humane Society, not Human Society.

      • Sunsquashed

        Yeah, mammals with mange don’t really go around biting other animals. This behavior is consistent with rabies, not mange. Even then, ~1/3 of rabid animals (depending on the study) don’t do this (believe it or not: the technical term is “furious” behavior). If I was bitten, or had a pet bitten, by one of these foxes, I’d get my ass down to the doctor or vet ASAP.

  • Anon

    Most foxes in MD and VA (and apparently D.C.) will most likely be aggressive at this point. Call animal control.

    I have had to put down several at my farm in MD this year. They have killed thousands of dollars worth of chickens this year.

    Do not under any instance move them to another area. All that does is upset the animal population and make it some else’s problem. Problem foxes should just be killed and never relocated.

    • anon

      “Problem foxes should just be killed and never relocated.”
      That’s not what the fox says.

      • Anon

        Damnit!!! From one Anon to another, I hate you. ;-)

    • Anon5

      “Most foxes in MD and VA (and apparently D.C.) will most likely be aggressive at this point.”

      What do you mean ‘at this point’? We have lots of foxes where I live and I’ve never known them to be aggressive. A few years ago we had a big family of 8 foxes living next door and they weren’t aggressive in the least.

      “Do not under any instance move them to another area.”

      I’m not sure about the District but it is illegal in Maryland and Virginia to trap foxes, skunks, coyotes, etc and relocate them to another area.

      • Anon

        Actually in MD and VA you are allowed to kill predators if they endanger your livestock. You are supposed to obtain a permit before killing them. At least in MD, they don’t require any qualifications or certifications before obtaining the permit. They just don’t allow foot-hold traps to be used only cages.

        In most states it is illegal to relocate foxes or other wild animals as it upsets the natural balance and can cause food shortages in the area that the animal is relocated.

        • Anon5

          Well, that’s good news for my livestock, I guess.

  • Anonomnom

    He sounds frightening to run into and definitely a risk to local pets, but wow is he a cute animal.

    • The OP Anon

      Not so cute when he snarls and lunges at you.
      This fox would make a lovely fur stole – “Oh, he was rabid and stalking Tregoron Park. We shot and cleaned him in the garage.”

  • NW Fox

    What does the fox say?


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