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Crazed fox darts from woods to attack a North Carolina homeowner in his yard, cops say

Video shows rabid coyote attacking car

An aggressive, rabid coyote attacks John Schroter's car in Huntersville. The Huntersville Police Department later tracked and killed the coyote.
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An aggressive, rabid coyote attacks John Schroter's car in Huntersville. The Huntersville Police Department later tracked and killed the coyote.

A crazed fox darted from woods to attack a North Carolina homeowner in his yard, biting the startled man in his leg, police said.

The fox later tested positive for rabies, according to a Gaston County Police Department Facebook post.

Just before 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the man was outside his home in the 100 block of Pindal Circle in the town of Dallas when the fox bit him on the back of his leg, police said. Pindal Circle is off Alexis High Shoals Road.

Workers from Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement impounded and killed the fox, and had it tested for rabies at the N.C. Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh. The fox was the fourth confirmed rabies case of the year in Gaston County, according to police.

The victim is receiving “post-exposure treatment” to kill the rabies virus, according to the police news release.

Although not that common, rabies is a serious concern among mammals.

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Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989 covering the people, municipalities and major news events of the region, and was a news bureau editor for the paper. He currently reports on breaking news.
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