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Woman, cat attacked by a fox in Bolton

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Residents are being warned after a woman and her cat were attacked by a fox. (Vernon Animal Control) Residents are being warned after a woman and her cat were attacked by a fox. (Vernon Animal Control)

Authorities are warning residents in a small Connecticut town to be on the lookout for a fox that bit a woman and her cat.

An animal control officer said the town's resident state troopers received two reports of a fox acting aggressively on Thursday night in Bolton.

The woman was in her yard when she heard a commotion with her cat. That's when she saw a gray fox. She tried to scare it off but instead of running away, it chased her into her home and bit her a few times before she was able to get free of it.

The animal was gone by the time troopers arrived.

The woman is being treated with rabies vaccinations.

"Usually sick animals aren't going into the trap and the other thing is a neighbor tried to be a Good Samaritan and took a shot at it and there have been sightings saying the animal is now limping. I don't think it was a kill shot, so we do have traps out for it hopefully the animal will go into those traps," said Vernon Animal Control Officer Jerry Casida.

Neighbor, Gary Jones spotted the fox later that evening and shot at it with a .22-calibur rifle. Jones balanced his spotlight and rifle, and attempted to shoot the animal.

"I saw it right here and it snuck away, I had to use my spotlight and 10 minutes later it comes walking right here, right across my driveway," said Jones. 

Jones said he thought he hit it, when the fox was limping.

"I had my 22 with me then and I got up and I had the spotlight. I had to hold the spotlight with one hand and the rifle in the other hand, like a pistol. I shot and actually, he did spin around a lot and you could tell I hit him," Jones recounts. 

Fox attacks are unusual. He says they are nocturnal and usually shy around people.

Residents should call authorities if they see the fox.

Someone was bitten by a gray fox last month in Glastonbury, which tested positive for rabies.

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