Fox bites woman in Great Falls


A 71-year old woman was seriously hurt Tuesday after being attacked by a fox while walking in her Great Falls neighborhood.

It happened around 3:00 p.m. in the 600 block of Ad Hoc Road.  Animal Protection officers say the fox approached the woman from behind and bit her several times in the lower body. The woman turned to fight the fox off and was bitten a few more times. After successfully fighting off the fox, she went to a nearby neighbor’s home and called police. She was taken to the hospital with serious, but non-life threatening-injuries.

Approximately one hour later, officers received a call for a fox attacking a cat in the 400 block of Chesapeake Drive, about three miles from Ad Hoc Road. The cat’s owner kicked the fox away from her cat, and with her husband’s help, they trapped the fox and held it until officers arrived.

The cat, a 9-year-old brown tabby, did not require medical attention but was quarantined. The cat owner was not harmed. The fox was euthanized and taken to the Health Department for rabies testing. APP officers believe the same fox was involved in both incidents.


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