A laboratory test on a fox killed in Clinton earlier this week was positive for rabies, prompting police officials to caution citizens.
Earlier this week, the Clinton Police Department’s Animal Control unit responded to an aggressive fox call in the area of Heritage Place in the Beaverdam subdivision. According to police, a citizen had killed a fox when it attempted to attack him at his residence.
The Animal Control officer sent the animal to the state laboratory for rabies test. The lab notified Animal Control on Friday that the fox had tested positive for rabies. This is the first incident of an animal testing positive for rabies in the city since 2013, according to police.
The Police Department has responded to several calls in the Bellfield area about fox sightings. Foxes and other wildlife are often seen in the city due to our rural setting. Most wildlife will avoid human contact and citizens should use caution if a wild animal attempts to approach them.
The following are some tips that should be followed to avoid contact with foxes and other wildlife:
• Make loud noise to scare the animal off from the location
• Do not attempt to feed the animals
• Do not attempt to pet or trap the animals
• Secure small animals in a secure location to avoid confrontation
• Do not place scraps outside the home
If anyone sees a fox or other wildlife in the area that is acting strange or aggressive, they should call 911. Citizens who have questions about rabies or other animal control issues can call Animal Control Officer Jamaal Faison at 910-592-3105.
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