Police Shoot Fox That Approached Kids at King Street School

Only a few feet and a fence separated the fox from students who were participating in an outdoor activity at the school.

Port Chester police shot and killed a fox that came within feet of children at King Street School on Friday.

Officers responded to the school at 697 King St. at 11 a.m. after calls started coming in from parents, teachers and concerned neighbors. They told police the scruffy-looking animal had made its way onto the school grounds as students were participating in an outdoor program Friday.

Only a fence separated the fox and the children as the animal approached and began trying to poke its face through small holes in the fence, Officer Drew Conetta said.

School staffers ushered the students inside as police arrived. Officers cornered the fox on the large lawn of a home at the corner of King Street and Woodland Drive, Conetta said.

When officers determined it was safe to take a shot, they dispatched the animal.

Conetta described the fox as "mangy" and said it appeared to be eating a dead squirrel before police cornered it. Authorities haven't conducted any tests to determine if the animal was diseased. Rye Brook police also responded, and a passing DPW crew from Rye Brook was flagged down to remove the animal.

Nick Oddo June 18, 2011 at 06:32 PM
Aunt Pearl: You folks oughta move yourselves to a place like... Beverly Hills, Californy. Jethro: They got swimming pools and movie stars! People that don't like wild life should not be living in Westchester, try Manhattan and avoid Central Park.
Beth Blanck June 18, 2011 at 11:11 PM
I'm not sure what this fox had, but a fox with mange is of no threat. They aren't afraid of people because they are too sick to care. They have trouble catching food b/c they are fatigued. Hot weather makes them extra uncomfortable. With mange they will eventually die in a short time if left untreated.
PC Lover June 19, 2011 at 12:22 AM
A fox that isn't beating a hasty retreat from school yard full of screaming kids has something else going on with it for sure. Sorry Fox...you got too close to our kids and had to go. You should have stayed in the woods where you belonged. Maybe you were hiding from the mountain lion? Thank G-d there was a fence to keep the fox out of the school yard. Here's a video of a crazy rabid fox in Beacon NY: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOnqRPiI7MY
Tony November 13, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Maybe they should stuuf it, and put it in the science room labeled " Mangy Fox " dont poke your nose around here.....
Tony November 13, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Stuff, Sorry..


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