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Rabid Fox Attacks Man’s Bike Tire In Hopatcong

A fox that attacked a man’s bicycle tire in Hopatcong later tested positive for rabies, officials said.
A fox that attacked a man’s bicycle tire in Hopatcong later tested positive for rabies, officials said. Photo Credit: Jans Canon Flickr

A fox that attacked a man’s bicycle tire in Hopatcong later tested positive for rabies, officials said.

The man was riding his bike near Brooklyn Mountain Road and Columbia Trail in Hopatcong when the fox attacked the tire on Sept. 15, according to a Facebook post from the Hopatcong Animal Shelter.

The animal tested positive for the rabies virus on Sept. 23, the shelter said.

Officials remind residents and pet owners to stay alert at all times when outside with their pets.

Signs of rabies include excessive salivation, lethargy, problems swallowing and difference in demeanor.

“All domestic animals should be vaccinated against rabies and all wildlife contact should be avoided, especially raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats, and coyotes,” said the Hopatcong Animal Shelter.

For more information, call the Hopatcong Police Department’s Animal Control Service at 973-398-5000.

“Rabies is a fatal disease,” the shelter said. “Please keep your family and pets safe.”

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