JOHNS CREEK, Ga.—A Johns Creek police officer shot and killed a fox believed to be rabid.
According to Johns Creek Communications Manager Rosemary Taylor, on Feb. 3 at around 5 p.m., concerned residents of Carrington Cove in the Kensington Oaks subdivision flagged down a patrol officer. They reported there was a fox in one of the residents’ backyards.
The officer determined the fox was rabid and needed to be put down. After receiving permission from his supervisors, he used his sidearm to shoot and kill the fox. The fox’s body was later disposed of.
Taylor said thus far, this appears to be an isolated incident. There have not been any other sightings of rabid foxes reported to the JCPD.
According to the Georgia Rabies Control Manual, rabies is a viral infection transmitted in the saliva of infected mammals. Raccoons, skunks, foxes and coyotes are natural reservoirs of the virus, as are several species of bats. Contact with wildlife is the most important potential source of infection for people and pets. Vaccinating pets and removing stray animals that could come into contact with infected wildlife are basic tactics to reduce the dangers of rabies.