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Fox Suspected of Biting Woman Caught

***UPDATE***

Release from the City of Minneapolis:

Aug. 17, 2016 (MINNEAPOLIS) At approximately 8:15 a.m., officers from Animal Care & Control captured what is believed to be the fox that bit a woman near Lake Harriet yesterday. The animal, which was showing symptoms associated with rabies, was humanely euthanized and will be tested for rabies.

The biting incident happened near the corner of Lake Harriet Parkway and West Minnehaha Parkway. It did not appear that the fox was provoked. The bite itself was not severe, and the woman was treated at a local hospital and released.

Although it’s believed that the fox captured today is the one that bit the woman, there’s no way to be certain. As a result, the victim in the case will need to receive post-exposure vaccinations to ensure she’s fully protected.

Rabies in land mammals is rare in Minneapolis. City officials want to understand whether or not this fox was afflicted with the disease to help protect residents, visitors and pets.

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Here is a release from the City of Minneapolis:

Aug. 16, 2016 (MINNEAPOLIS) This afternoon, a woman visiting in the area surrounding Lake Harriet was bitten by what authorities believe was a fox. The biting incident happened near the corner of Lake Harriet Parkway and West Minnehaha Parkway.

Responding authorities who talked with the woman have reported that the animal was not provoked. The bite itself was not severe, and the woman was treated at a local hospital and released.

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control is conducting a directed patrol for the next 10 days, providing best efforts to catch the fox. Two Animal Control officers have also been on the scene since this afternoon’s biting incident, looking for the fox.

The public is being urged to be on the lookout for the fox and not approach wildlife. Any sightings should be reported immediately to 311 for the proper authorities to handle.

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