Rabid fox found in Fairhope; wildlife trapper bitten on boot

Rabid fox killed in Fairhope (JJ McCool)

Another rabid fox has been found in Fairhope. This comes after three people were attacked by rabid foxes in the past few weeks on the Eastern Shore.

This time, the fox attacked a wildlife trapper who caught it. Mike Niemeyer with Wildlife Solutions is OK because the fox only latched on to his boot. But he still says it's one of the most aggressive animals he's handled. Because of his job, he already has the rabies vaccination. He will get checked out just in case, we're told.

FOX10 News has exclusive video of Niemeyer holding the fox just seconds after he pried it off of his boot.

"It darted out, locked onto my foot, and instinct kicked in from there, I reached down and grabbed it by its neck and strangled it until it let go."The fox had just jumped through a hole in a fence at a home in the 700 block of Fairhope Avenue. Niemeyer thought he was looking for a coyote after the call came in about a growling animal on the porch.

Instead, it was a rabid fox, one of at least three that have attacked someone in the past month. The latest report of a rabid fox comes after four recent attacks in Baldwin County.

The first two attacks occurred at the Rock Creek Golf Course in Fairhope in May. A golfer and grounds crew member were bitten by the same fox. That animal was killed and tested positive for rabies.

The next two attacks were reported in Spanish Fort Estates. In one attack, a fox bit a man while he was working in his yard. The next victim was a Jack Russell Terrier who was attacked in her owner's backyard. That fox was never caught.

Wildlife experts are now warning people to be aware of their surroundings when outdoors. Officials tell us it's important to not leave cat or dog food outside because that attracts wild animals and contributes to the spread of disease. Also make sure your pets are rabies vaccinated.Meanwhile, catching foxes is something Niemeyer and his team at Wildlife Solutions have been doing a lot more lately, because of the recent attacks."A whole lot, I've been doing this for almost a decade now, we get maybe 3 or 4 nuisance calls a year that turn into jobs for fox removal…since about a week before the last attack, we've done nine or ten jobs I would say."

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