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June 29, 2011

Fox attacks two children in Otego

A potentially rabid fox attacked two children on a trampoline Monday in Otego, according to their mother.

It is the latest in a series of fox encounters in the area in recent weeks.

April Worman said her family had seen the gray fox come close to their county Route 6 home Sunday night. The following morning, her 3½-year-old daughter and 9½-year-old son were playing on an outdoor trampoline when the fox jumped up and bit her daughter 12 times on the legs and ankles, according to Worman.

"It came onto the trampoline," Worman said.

Her son was bitten four times on his left arm and wrist when he grabbed the fox, she said.

"He threw it off the trampoline because it was attacking his sister," Worman said.

Her husband found the fox that night and shot it. It is being tested for rabies, and the results should be known in about a week, according to Worman.

Worman said her children were treated at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital for the bites and started getting the rabies shots.

The Oneonta Police Department is also looking for at least two foxes -- one gray, the other red -- that have had encounters with pets in recent weeks.

Police investigated several reports of a possibly rabid fox in the Suncrest Terrace and Overlook Drive area two weeks ago. That fox, which attacked a cat, is described as gray and acting strangely.

An officer shot at the fox, but it was seen later that week.

A second fox was seen in the upper area of Wilber Park at about 7 p.m. last Wednesday. That fox, which bit a black Labrador in the neck before running away, was described as red, according to police.

If the animals are seen, residents are asked to call police at 432-1111 or the Department of Environmental Conservation at 267-9547 or (518) 357-2047.

Anyone who may have been exposed to a rabid animal should contact police or the Otsego County Public Health Department at 547-4230.

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