2 fox attacks reported in Middleborough hours apart

Police believe a single fox was responsible for both attacks.

A red fox near the beach in Brigantine, N.J., April 26, 2018. Some residents are angered by state efforts to protect endangered piping plovers, which nest along the beach every spring, by culling the city's red fox population. (Dave Sanders/The New York Times)
A red fox in Brigantine, New Jersey, April 26, 2018. –Dave Sanders / The New York Times, File

Middleborough police and animal control are investigating two fox attacks that occurred Sunday night and Monday morning.

Around 7:10 a.m. Monday, authorities received a 911 call reporting that a fox had bitten a woman at the Kampgrounds of America on Plymouth Street — several hours after another attack was reported less than a half-mile away on Muttock Lane, police said in a press release.

Police believe a single fox was involved in both reports.

“We are asking residents to please be on the lookout for any foxes,” Police Chief Joseph Perkins said in a statement. “Foxes generally will not approach humans. But, if you see a fox please stay away from it and call Animal Control.”

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Authorities received the first report from Muttock Lane residents around 9:45 p.m. Sunday for an incident where a woman was bitten on both legs by a fox, according to police.

The woman’s daughter hit the fox on the head with a shovel to keep it from biting her mother again before the animal ran into the woods, police said.

The women involved in both incidents were brought to a local hospital, and the Middleborough animal control officer was notified.

On Monday morning, animal control and police were searching for the fox around Route 44 near the Nemasket River, according to the release.

Authorities reminded residents that healthy foxes can be spotted in the daytime and will generally stay away from humans, but “out of the ordinary or aggressive behavior should immediately be reported to Middleborough Animal Control.”

“Anyone who may have come into contact with a fox recently or anyone who was attacked or bitten by a fox is urged to seek medical attention,” the release said. “Anyone who sees a fox in the area of Route 44 and Plymouth Street is asked to call Middleborough Animal Control at 508-946-2455.”

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