The Eastchester Police Department issued an alert this week following several reported sightings in the north end of town. Citing their close proximity to several wooded areas, police said that “our town is subject to occasional sightings of wildlife that may seem non-typical of our suburban town.”
According to police, “as long as these animals seem to be co-existing peacefully, without signs of aggression or disease, we will typically leave them alone and encourage residents to educate themselves about the habits of these animals and precautions that may be taken.”
Local residents have been advised by police to contact the department by calling (914) 771-3300 if they see a wild animal acting aggressively or appears to be sick.
The Humane Society of the United States notes that foxes “have a natural fear of people. If you see one outside during the day, it's no cause for alarm. They will usually run away from you as soon as they detect your presence.”
Officials made note that:
- Foxes are not dangerous to humans, except when they are rabid (which is very rare) or when they are captured and handled. Even then, a fox’s natural tendency is to flee rather than fight;
- Foxes may prey on small pets or livestock (such as rabbits, guinea pigs or chickens), so pets should be kept indoors or housed in sturdy structures;
- Foxes will also eat various fruits, but they usually do not bother garden vegetables;
- Sometimes foxes are blamed for damage they did not cause, such as when they are spotted eating from spilled trash when neighborhood dogs or other animals were responsible for the overturned trashcan;
- A fox cutting through your yard is probably just passing through on their way between hunting areas and no action is necessary on your part.
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