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Old 04-18-2011, 05:13 PM   #1
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"Recent reports have linked foxes to attacks but more people are bitten by dogs in this country or stung by bees. A fox will only bite a human by accident or if it is in a blind panic.
There has never been rabies in the fox population and a small bite is unlikely to do any lasting harm.
"Foxes should not be demonised for scavenging for food, it is what they do. My advice to fishermen is dont sleep out in the countryside, surrounded by food, with the tent doors open. Next time you could be nibbled by a rat.


Fisherman bitten by fox: commentary - Telegraph
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:19 PM   #2
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Thanks for sharing. At least they are trying to educate people with statistics...Heres hoping people listen.

I've always wanted to see a fox on our property. If memory serves, other than pictures, I've only seen one or two dead on the side of the road. Love to see live one.

I never thought too much about rabies from them, but good to know they are not carriers of rabies.
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:51 AM   #3
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Rabies has been found in fox here in the U.S. But I don't advocate killing off all fox. Wild mammal populations are monitored for rabies and outbreaks do occur.
Wild animals will bite if startled or to protect their homes and young. Don't try and treat wild animals like pets. There is no reason for fear just be cautious, learn to assess risk when around animals. We can do it (live safely with these animals) I tell you.
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:55 PM   #4
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There is a chart on the pdf that shows rabies testing results in Illinois. Many animals are tested but few have rabies. Bats seem to show the most incidence.
While fox and raccoons show no rabies for many years here in Illinois I do know of one incident in Colorado where a fox showed positive with rabies.
I think Ny has had a problem with raccoons.
Several years ago a very few skunks proved positive for rabies but in recent years, though they are tested more in high numbers none have been found positive.
Check your area if your curious. the main problem is statistics are slow and always a year or two behind current year.

http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/i...rt_April04.pdf
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Thanks, Gloria.

I agree there is no reason why we can't live safely together.

I have a healthy respect for wild animals. I'd like them to feel safe in my yard, but would never treat them as a pet.
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