Possible rabid fox terrorizes South Portland with four Tuesday morning attacks, police say

Posted July 30, 2013, at 12:25 p.m.
Last modified July 30, 2013, at 4:02 p.m.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for a possible rabid fox in the areas of the Maine Mall, Clark’s Pond, Long Creek and Western Avenue after four fox attacks were reported Tuesday morning.

Police Lt. Todd Bernard said three people reported being bitten by a fox, starting with a contract worker for Home Depot who said a fox jumped into his pickup truck in the store parking lot and bit him on the arm at 6 a.m.

Officers investigating the incident were approached by a male jogger who reported he was attacked by a fox on the Clark’s Pond trail behind the store. The jogger was able to repel the fox and was not bitten.

At 7 a.m., Bernard said dispatchers received a call from someone who reported two people camped near Long Creek were bitten by a fox. One person was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland for treatment; the other was treated on the scene by rescue workers and said she would seek additional treatment on her own.

South Portland Animal Control Officer Corey Hamilton is investigating the attacks. Police are asking anyone who sees a fox in the area to call 911 or 799-5511.

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