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(UPDATED) PHOTOS: Cops Catch Fox in Fridley

Animal had been acting strangely before police corralled it, according to a witness.

Updated below. Hot on the heels of recent coyote sightings came a fox encounter on the streets of Fridley Thursday morning, just north of Fridley Middle School and West Moore Lake Park. 

According to eyewitness Renee E. Walker, who took the photos above:

There was a fox spotted [at] 63rd and Jackson around 7:37 AM. Two cars stopped the fox was wandering around in circles and was acting strange. Our brave Fridley police handled the situation quickly. Thank you Fridley Police Department

It was walking in my front yard, and the kids that walk to school were walking around it, cars drove around it and it was not [fazed].

Walker added that police said it was a grey-tailed fox.

Update (4:30 p.m. Thursday): Lt. Mike Monsrud of the Fridley Police Department said this is what happened: 

Our officers did capture a very sick fox here this morning about 7:30. The fox was very sick. They took the fox up to the city garage where they put it down and disposed of it. 

We don't normally test those for rabies if they hadn't bitten anybody or anything like that, so we did not test this for rabies, but [it] more than likely based on how it was acting. 

Jerry Sadowski November 15, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Please don't kill the fox that has lived in my wooded neighborhood for years. He has kept the mole and mouse population in check.. Jerry Sadowski
Chris Steller (Editor) November 15, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Jerry, someone on Twitter thought he recognized the fox too. I wonder if it is the same one. I'm adding an update from the police that you may not like. But sounds like it was necessary, and maybe it is a different fox.
Wayne Liepke November 16, 2012 at 01:02 PM
I'm wondering how our "Brave Police" made the assessment the fox was very sick, and what method they used to "put it down"?
Julie Knutson November 16, 2012 at 03:13 PM
It says the fox was wandering around in circles and acting strange; that's not normal behavior for a fox. Most likely was rabid and crazed. Glad they got it so quickly and put the poor thing out of it's misery.

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