MAHOPAC, N.Y. - A Mahopac woman was bitten by a fox at her home Saturday evening and the animal then pursued her as she fled into her home.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said that the woman was in the yard of her home on Agor Lane at about 5:45 p.m. when a gray fox emerged from nearby woods and attacked her. The animal bit her on the left ankle and clawed her right ankle and foot, drawing blood.
Police said that the victim ran inside her home in an effort to get away from the fox, but it pursued her into the residence, which was occupied by the woman's children. The woman and the children then fled from the house and closed the door behind them, confining the fox inside, and called 911.
Sheriff's deputies responded to the house, along with paramedics and an ambulance. The woman was given first aid for her bite and claw wounds and was taken by ambulance to Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel for further treatment.
Officers from the New York State Environmental Conservation Police responded to the scene and were able to capture the fox.
Kricket Dyckman, Carmel’s animal control officer, told reporters that the animal's behavior was unusual and the fox will be euthanized and tested for rabies at a state laboratory in Albany on Monday.
In June, a Mahopac homeowner in the area of Tanager Road and Wright Road was bitten by a gray tabby cat that tested positive for rabies. The victim told Mahopac News he went through a series of shots to prevent him from catching the deadly disease. He also reported two woodchucks on his property a few days later that were behaving strangely and had one trapped so it could be tested.
The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) said anyone who may have had physical contact with wild animals in the area, should contact them immediately at 845-808-1390.