Joseph Perkins, Chief of Police
99 N Main St.
Middleborough, MA 02346
For Immediate Release
Monday, July 30, 2018
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Email: [email protected]
Middleborough Police Investigating After Multiple Fox Attacks
MIDDLEBOROUGH — Chief Joseph Perkins reports that the Middleborough Police Department and Animal Control are investigating after two people reported being bitten by a fox late Sunday night and Monday morning.
At approximately 7:10 a.m. today, Middleborough Police received a 911 call reporting that a woman was bitten by a fox at the Kampgrounds of America (KOA), 438 Plymouth St.
An ambulance transported the woman to a local hospital and the Middleborough Animal Control Officer was notified.
On Sunday, at approximately 9:45 p.m., police received a report from residents on Muttock Lane where a woman was attacked by a fox. The woman had been bitten on both legs and was taken to a local hospital.
The victim’s daughter had to hit the fox on the head with a shovel in order to get it to stop biting her mother. The fox then ran off into the woods.
Muttock Lane is less than a half-mile away from the KOA campground.
Both attacks are believed to have been carried out by a single animal. The Animal Control Officer and Middleborough Police are actively searching for the fox Monday morning in the area of Route 44 near the Nemasket River.
“We are asking residents to please be on the lookout for any foxes,” Chief Perkins said. “Foxes generally will not approach humans. But, if you see a fox please stay away from it and call Animal Control.”
Healthy foxes can be seen during the daytime (unlike raccoons, where daytime sightings are concerning) and will generally avoid humans. 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. 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.