Though the fox has never been found, authorities say its behavior suggests it was likely rabid since healthy wild animals are scared of people. Because the fox hasn’t been found and tested, authorities aren’t certain it was rabid.
That evening a fox ran from the woods, attacked a person, then fled, Evonko said. The next morning, someone reported a sick-looking fox several blocks away. That fox, which authorities suspect was responsible for the attack, was captured and tested positive for rabies, she said.
There “seems to be a rash of them going on right now,” she said of rabies cases. People should stay away from any wild animal, she said, even dogs or cats that don’t have owners around. If an animal bites a person and then runs away, the person will have to get rabies shots, Evonko said.
Stefani Wallace, 37, had to get rabies shots Saturday night after a fox snuck up on her from behind her in the Cape Harbor Apartments and bit her ankle. She wrestled it off and the fox came back two more times. In all, Wallace was bitten on her ankle, finger and toe.
Wallace said she will need four more shots to complete the treatment. Since the attack, Cape Harbor property managers have sent e-mails and letters telling residents to be cautious, said Wendy Smith, regional manager for Bell Partners, which manages the complex.
Evonko said animal control investigates animal attacks. But when the animal has fled into the woods they don’t go after it. Foxes and raccoons are so common, she said, they wouldn’t know which one was responsible for the attack.
People should have their pets vaccinated, she said, and call animal control if they see a wild animal that looks sick or is acting strange. Signs of rabies are staggering, making a lot of noise, drooling, or biting at the air, she said.
How about, 'Aggressiveness towards people is another indicator ... of our impending doom.'
Once again, I understand that its easy to pass everything off to 'rabid animals', but lets be honest here ... 4 attacks in this town since 1996, and two have been this year? Coincidence, or yet another sign that the animals are in fact rising up, and we, the human race, have only a rather short period of time before we all perish at their hands ... err, paws ... err, hooves ... claws ... fins ... whatever ...