Police in Wolcott say they shot a rabid fox to death this week.
On Tuesday, they received a report of a fox on the back porch of a town resident on Midwood Avenue. The fox had apparently lunged at and bit a man before fleeing into the woods. The bite did not puncture the man’s shoe.
The next day, a police officer and the town’s animal control officer returned to Midwood Avenue where the fox was located in a wooded area behind a house.
Instead of fleeing, the fox began walking toward Officer Jeff Bender. Bender shot the animal.
A minute or so later, the fox started shaking before abruptly getting up and running toward Officer Bender, who fired more rounds. The fox leaped at him, causing a scratch to the officer’s finger.
The fox tested posted for rabies at the state lab.