FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A fox that attacked two men in Fayetteville on Tuesday was rabid, the State Laboratory of Public Health said Wednesday.
The fox started chasing the men, one of whom was on a golf cart, on Roasmond Drive, according to Cumberland County officials. The pair jumped across a fence into a backyard in an attempt to get away, officials said.
But the fox tried to follow them over the fence, so the men killed it, beating it with a golf club and a tree branch, according to Cumberland County officials.
Animal control officers later retrieved the fox’s body and submitted it for testing.
The fox is the seventh animal to test positive for rabies in Cumberland County this year.
County officials are urging residents to check the vaccination status of their pets.
Rabid animals change their behavior, becoming aggressive or very quiet. Wild animals may begin acting tame.
Anyone bitten or scratched by an animal in Cumberland County should:
- Immediately wash the wound under running water for at least 10 minutes with lots of soap. Seek medical attention/advice.
- Call Animal Control at 910-321-6852 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call the Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500 after 5 p.m., weekends and holidays.
- Go to the emergency room.