Man pots fox, cops do cleanup


LEWISTON – Lewiston police think they’ve eliminated a possibly rabid fox that has been harassing pets in the Pond and Randall roads area during the past week.

Lt. James Minkowsky said officers were called to Crestwood Estates on Randall Road Sunday afternoon for a fox that was attacking a man’s cat.

“Apparently, the man threw a bucket of water on the fighting animals to separate them,” Minkowsky said. “The cat ran into the house, and the fox followed.”

To deter the approaching animal, the man hit the fox with a pot, leaving it too injured to run away.

“When officers arrived, they put the animal down and brought it back to the station,” Minkowsky said. “The Maine Warden Service collected the fox from us and sent it to Augusta for rabies testing.”

The cat attacked by the fox was taken to a veterinarian for treatment and a rabies test.

It was the second day in a row that officers were called to the area for a pesky fox.

According to Minkowsky, officers were dispatched to Mark Street on Saturday afternoon for a fox behaving in a rabid-like manner, but could not catch up to it.

“It stands to reason that this is the same fox because of the close proximity of the disturbances,” Minkowsky said. “Even so, the warden service will be following up on this.”