Rabid Fox Bites Man, Possibly Second Person In Carteret County

Two people could have been bitten a rabid fox on Wednesday in Carteret County.

A Cedar Point resident says a fox climbed over a chain link fence and attacked his two dogs. The man was bitten on the leg after trying to subdue the animal. The fox was killed and its remains sent off for testing, which came back positive for rabies.

Earlier that day in the same area a woman was also bitten by a fox in her yard. Authorities to not know if it was the same fox that was captured later.

Both people bitten are receiving rabies treatment while the two dogs were up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations.


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  • by JC Location: NC on Oct 17, 2011 at 06:59 AM
    This problem comes from the fact that there has been no management of fox populations for the last 40years. Thank your local fox hunter for that one. The North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commision is in charge of managing wildlife populations in NC but the management of Fox has been removed by the NC General Assembley. Put the fox management under the NCWRC where it belongs and rabies cases will be few and far between.
  • by To bc on Oct 14, 2011 at 06:20 PM
    No, nothing you can do until the fox causes damage($50) to property or shows signs of being rabid. That's the law. In response to the article, Carteret co. Council had the chance to open up fox to trapping to reduce numbers of fox. They declined so now the residents of the county are stuck dealing with the side effects of fox over population. The only proven method to reduce numbers to a managable and sustainable level is to trap them.
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      by Jack on Oct 14, 2011 at 08:49 PM in reply to To bc
      I think the first thing we need to do is to reduce the overpopulation of humans .
  • by Anonymous on Oct 14, 2011 at 04:11 PM
    Believe me they did not send all the remains for testing. The only thing the state lab wants is the head. Glad to hear the dogs were up to date on rabies and only had to be boosted.
  • by BC Location: G vill on Oct 14, 2011 at 01:38 PM
    There is a fox wandering around my apt complex and I have a little mini dachshund and have been so worried. Is there anything to do....anyone to call...etc??
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      by Anonymous on Oct 14, 2011 at 04:12 PM in reply to BC
      Try calling animal control or wildlife. If is hanging around most likely someone is putting out scraps.
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