Several wild foxes spotted in So. Fla. neighborhood
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Residents expressing concerned after several foxes were seen in their neighborhood.
A viewer called 7 News and mentioned that foxes were roaming about at nighttime near her home along 89th Avenue and 17th Street. She sent pictures of the foxes to 7 News, and our news crews went out to the community Thursday night to see if the foxes were indeed there. They were. Our cameras spotted several foxes trotting around the neighborhood. "As you can see, they're not afraid of the camera guy, either," one resident joked.
The animals look harmless, but residents are worried about the safety of their children and pets. Homeowner Ileana Hernandez said, "They're not afraid of us, nor any of the dogs or cats, so it could be dangerous."
Hernandez and another resident said they have been seeing the wild animals in their area for years, but the fox sightings have increased recently. "They're going to the front of our door right now," said Hernandez. "This is my house, and I have cats, so look, as you can see, they're in front, and there they go."
According to Jorge Pino of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, residents who spot foxes near their homes should not bother them. "If you see a fox, just leave the fox alone. It will leave you alone," he said.
According to FWC officials, if there is a fox colony behind your home, or if foxes are exhibiting symptoms of rabies, call the FWC, and they will report to your area. Otherwise, do not disturb the animals.
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