screenshot of youtube clip filmed by Ki Steiner
Michigan Park/Fort Totten residents: beware of the screaming fox and protect your small dogs!
I live in North Michigan Park just behind the Fort Totten Metro. Apparently we have a neighborhood fox, a screaming fox, that frequents my block. A few nights ago around 1:00 am, my husband and I heard what we thought was a woman screaming, and looked out the window to see a red fox chasing a small dog down the sidewalk. My husband ran outside to find the fox standing a few feet from the small dog who was desperately trying to get back into his yard under the fence. My husband yelled and charged at the fox and it ran off, but the dog did appear a little roughed up. The dog’s owner eventually came outside due to the dog’s yelping, and we explained what we saw.
I thought that incident would teach the neighbor not to let her dog out late at night by itself, but again, last night at 2:00 am, I was woken up by the screaming noise of the fox followed by a small dog crying.
I don’t mind the fox living in my hood, but honestly, the screaming noise is unbearable, waking up my family in the middle of the night. Plus, the fox appears to be a danger to the dogs in the neighborhood. Not sure if I should call animal control or if this is just a part of nature?
Here is a YouTube video of a fox making the same screaming noise: