A 42-year-old Lake City man sitting on a bench near Building 9 at Lake City Community College was attacked by a fox Wednesday morning and a person who helped him is being sought, a Florida wildlife commission official said.
A fox grabbed the back of Richard McGlew Jr.’s leg, said Karen Parker of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. McGlew grabbed the fox’s tail or its rear leg to pull it off of him, and the fox bit his hand. The fox would not let go, Parker said.
Another person, believed to be an LCCC student, used a pocket knife to slit the animal’s throat. It let go of McGlew.
Columbia County Emergency Medical Services responded and treated McGlew at the scene. He refused ambulance transport to a hospital.
Columbia County Deputy Brian Rix followed a blood trail and located the fox. FWC Capt. Roy Brown picked up the animal and took it to the animal shelter, Parker said.
From there, it went to the Columbia County Health Department.
The Health Department sent a specimen to be tested. Results are expected after 4 p.m. today, said Sallie Ford, environmental health director.
Ford said she does not anticipate a rabies alert to be issued, because there have not been any positive results for rabies in a long time.
Brown said the FWC is looking for the unidentified man.
“We need to find out who the Good Samaritan was who helped,” Brown said. “We don’t know if he was bitten or scratched. If the fox tests positive for rabies, the man who assisted Mr. McGlew will also need treatment.”
Parker warned about animals in the wild.
“There is always rabies in the environment,” Parker said. “Never approach a wild or stray animal. If a wild animal acts friendly toward you, it means it either has rabies or it has been fed before. In either case, you should avoid that animal.”
Probably just in this one case will I ever question the level of 'defending' here ... I mean, I can totally see taking a knife in the water when you're going to find a great white shark, or a giant squid, or in the wild when you track a bear for dinner or something, but slitting a fox's throat because it bit a guy on a community college campus?
Dontchya think that maybe you could've like, punched it in the face, or pulled really hard on its tail? Is this kinda how you solve everything Johnny Lawrence?
"Oww ... Fox Bit me ..."
"Slit the Throat"
"Do you have a problem with that?"
Just tell me you at least tried Crane Kick technique before 'Slit the Throat' ...