Town ad­vises res­i­dents to be aware of high num­ber foxes in area

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Front Page - BY MIKE POWER SPE­CIAL TO THE AUROA

The Town of Wabush has is­sued an ad­vi­sory to res­i­dents re­lated to the high num­ber of foxes spot­ted through­out the com­mu­nity.

Town man­ager Char­lie Perry says while the an­i­mals are beau­ti­ful, they are still wild, and for that rea­son they should not be ap­proached or fed.

Of­ten the foxes come into town look­ing for food in and around peo­ple garbage bins or con­tain­ers near restau­rants or ser­vice clubs and the like where food is be­ing pre­pared.

Feed­ing foxes also can en­cour­age them to re­turn to what they con­sider a source of food.

“These fox have been seen through­out the com­mu­nity,” Perry told The Aurora. “Guy Street, which is on the edge of town, but also Car­son and Dun­field near the cen­tre of town.”

The town has been in con­tact with wildlife of­fi­cials, and at the time there is no in­di­ca­tion of ra­bies in the fox pop­u­la­tion. Sev­eral years ago there were re­ports of ra­bid foxes in the area, but that is not the case at this time.

Peo­ple who may be con­cerned about pets could keep an eye on them, but Perry says there is no in­di­ca­tion a nor­mal healthy fox would at­tack a pet, and there have been no re­ports of that hap­pen­ing. Sev­eral years ago small pets went miss­ing in Wabush, but that was at­trib­uted to wolves. It seems the foxes are just in­ter­ested in find­ing a meal in peo­ple’s garbage.

Mean­while Perry is ask­ing peo­ple who see a fox(es) to re­port it to wildlife at 282-6881, along with the an­i­mal’s lo­ca­tion.

Mean­while he re­peats his re­quest, not to ap­proach foxes and es­pe­cially not to feed them.

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There have been sight­ings of foxes in the Wabush area.

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