Postal carrier being treated after he was bit by fox in Bristol

Published on Thursday, 6 April 2017 20:04


BRISTOL - A mailman was bit Thursday afternoon when a possibly rabid fox attacked him.

The fox was later shot and killed by animal control.

Police, an animal control officer and an ambulance crew responded shortly before 4 p.m. to 24-26 Goodwin St. after a mailman there was bitten on the calf by a fox. The victim was treated at the scene before leaving to get a rabies vaccination.

An animal control officer and police spent several minutes looking for the fox, which was hiding under the porch of the home behind latticework. After getting a clear shot, an ACO killed the fox.

The fox will be tested for rabies. 

Neighbors in the area said the animal has been a problem in the neighborhood recently. 

According to an ACO, the fox is believed to have had another encounter with a person who was not bitten and may have tried attacking someone’s dog. He said it’s likely the fox, which smelled like a skunk, was transmitted rabies through a skunk it had eaten.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Forestville, General News on Thursday, 6 April 2017 20:04. Updated: Thursday, 6 April 2017 20:08.