Fairhope Police say two people were bitten by a rabid fox at the Rock Creek Golf Club.
The first person was bitten Sunday while playing golf. When he got out of his cart the red fox ran up and bit his leg. The golfer went to the hospital for treatment.
On Monday morning, police say the fox bit another person. A member of the course’s ground crew saw the animal and another person was bitten in the leg trying to catch it. Fairhope Animal Control came and to the scene and took the fox away. According to a press release, “it was taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for testing, and it tested positive for rabies. The persons bitten have been notified to seek appropriate treatment.”
Fairhope Police are asking the public to report any strange behavior in animals. Foxes are reclusive and are rarely seen during the day, the department says. They also avoid human contact.
Police say, “If any wild animal approaches a person, that person should take protective measures and leave the area, or seek shelter if the animal is aggressive, and notify the city. Pet owners are encouraged to be sure their pets are current on all vaccinations and to keep their pets away from areas where wild animals are known to be.”