Warning: Aggressive fox in our area menacing pets, people

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Reports from the Hopatcong area include an Aggressive fox that has been in multiple skirmishes

Source: NJ.COM: A 15-pound dog got into a fight with a fox and the owners of at least other two dogs each had to kick the same “aggressive” fox to prevent a possible attack on their pets, authorities said. The fox even went after a man trying to buckle his kid into a car seat, Hopatcong police said.

A dog was on a leash outside on a property in the area of Mohawk Avenue and Evergreen Avenue when two residents who were in the house heard a commotion, according to a police report. The husband rushed outside, “broke up the fight” and the fox left.

Later that day, a 61-year-old man was walking his dog when the dog began to bark at a fox in nearby bushes, police said. The fox became aggressive, came out of the bushes and tried to circle the dog before the owner kicked the fox. Moments later, another dog being walked in the same area started barking at the fox. As the fox approached, the dog’s owner kicked the wild animal twice. It then ran away.

Later that day, a man buckling his child in car seat at a home on Kisling Avenue felt a tug on his pant leg. He turned around thinking it was the family dog, but it was a fox. The man kicked the fox, closed the door and climbed on the vehicle’s roof until the fox fled, the police report said.

The fox has been seen on Evergreen Avenue, Oneida Avenue, Mohawk Avenue, the 500 Block of Maxim Drive as well as River Styx Road in Hopatcong.

There have been no additional sightings of the fox since Tuesday, Lt. Meghan McCluskey said by phone Thursday afternoon. Anyone who sees a fox should call police immediately at 973-398-5000.

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