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Fox Attacks At Least Two People Near Hazleton

HAZLE TOWNSHIP β€” People who live along Old Street in Hazle Township are used to seeing wild animals roam in their yards, but a crazed fox that attacked at...
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HAZLE TOWNSHIP -- People who live along Old Street in Hazle Township are used to seeing wild animals roam in their yards, but a crazed fox that attacked at least two people has left the community in shivers.

Melissa Wilkinson was doing yard work with her 13-year-old son, who was in between his home-cyber school classes Wednesday, when all of a sudden, a fox came and bit his shoe.

β€œIt just grabbed onto my shoe and wouldn't let go!” said her son Timothy.

Soon after, an 86-year-old man relaxing in his back yard nearby and doing some gardening was also attacked. He was able to fling the fox off his body, but fell and was then rushed to the hospital.

Then several neighbors tried killing the fox. Eventually, someone ran it over with a pickup truck, and it died. The Pennsylvania Game Commission then came to take it away.

The game commission says this is not normal behavior for a fox. Officials from the game commission say the fox didn't look sick, but rabies test results could come back as early as Thursday.

More information on rabies and wild animals can be found at the CDC website here.