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City police urge people to call if they see wild animals behaving oddly

RELATED: Late last year, some residents reported seeing cougars in the area.


imagejpeg_1UPDATE: A resident provided police a photo showing that at least one fox was in the neighborhood recently. That animal appeared to be healthy, Bledsoe said.

With that in mind, animal control is reminding people not to feed wild animals or leave out food that would attract them.

Bledsoe also noted that if an animal is rabid, it will die in about 10 days.

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Residents of the Idlewild community reported seeing a fox behaving aggressively in the neighborhood on Tuesday, Fredericksburg police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said.

The city’s animal control officer is now asking anyone who sees an animal in the city that appears sick or behaving aggressively toward people or pets to call the Fredericksburg Police Department at 540/373-3122.

The incidence of rabies is not unusual in the wild animal population, particularly among foxes and raccoons, Bledsoe said.

 

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  • BlueGreen

    Did the fox say anything?

    • Matt Cruz

      Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow!

  • SourMash

    Poor thing just had to pee..

  • Guest

    It was a pit bull/poodle mix.

  • vulpesvulpes

    Was once beautiful fox habitat. Now theres only a bush.

  • vulpesvulpes

    Breeding season from Dec. thru March. Looks like she was marking territory.

  • Action

    Chances are you are going to see a lot more foxes in the city once they pass the law that anyone can have chickens in their backyard. Careful what you ask for sometimes our supervisors don’t think things through before acting.
    .
    January 15th, 2014, 9:44 pm
    Spotsylvania may allow backyard chickens countywide
    The Spotsylvania County Planning Commission is weighing in on a proposal to allow backyard chickens countywide.

    • Guest

      FYI Fredericksburg City residents have been permitted to have chickens for over a year now, as well as 4/7 of Spotsy. Subdivision HOA’s would override these ordinances. Also foxes eat other things such as insects and berries and squirrels, so it is not like there aren’t plenty of other food sources. Saying that chickens will attract foxes isn’t much different than saying not rounding up all the squirrels will attract foxes.

      • Action

        Well there you go. You answered your own mystery. That is why the fox is in town. Oh and BTW… Not rounding up all the squirrels will attract foxes. There I said it.

  • Guest

    Fredericksburg City residents have been permitted to have chickens for over a year now, as well as 4/7 of Spotsy. Subdivision HOA’s would override these ordinances. Also foxes eat other things such as insects and berries and squirrels, so it is not like there aren’t plenty of other food sources. Saying that chickens will attract foxes isn’t much different than saying not rounding up all the squirrels will attract foxes.

    • Action

      Hey you can cut and paste… Good for you guest.

  • vulpesvulpes

    Plenty foxes living on my farm and plenty chickens too!
    Neither fox nor chicken die around here. Supervised free range and proper chicken enlosure.
    Foxes are true omnivores. Their diet may include grasses, grains, berries and fruit. May also include insects (especially grasshoppers), rodents (mice, voles), rabbit, birds, eggs, amphibians, snakes, fish, earthworms, carrion, on and on and on!
    Oh… and foxes won’t eat your dog or cat , nor will it take away your first born. Tops their weight is 9 to 10 pounds.

  • Jennifer

    Last March, I was woken up by a high pitched screeching. At first, I thought a woman was being attacked. My husband took the flashlight to investigate and there was a fox stuck between the pickets of my fence! So I do know what the fox says…

    The problem became getting someone to come help us with the situation. We tried local police (Stafford County). They said they couldn’t do anything and animal control doesn’t work at night (because, you know, animals only cause problems during work hours). Our neighbor eventually called 911 who eventually got things under control.

    I hope they have changed their protocol (or lack there of) since.

    • vulpesvulpes

      Was wondering how 911got things under control?

      • Jennifer

        They were able to finally contact appropriate animal control personnel to remove the fox from the fence. The fox wasn’t harmed (aside from his pride) and they released it back in the woods. My gripe is that Stafford County police couldn’t point us in the right direction and basically wanted us to wait until 8am (probably 8 or 9 hours from when we noticed the fox stuck in the fence) for a resolution from local animal control. There should be an emergency animal control line that is 24/7.

        • vulpesvulpes

          I totally agree… Stafford should have at least given you the number for a wildlife rehabilitator. These county’s (especially Spotsylvania) have their god given supervisors that have no problem making decisions to stomp all over the habitat these animals need to survive. Once distroyed there’s no getting it back and no game plan if a wild animal mistakenly gets in the way of progress.