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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.

Interested Reader June 17, 2011 at 09:28 PM
Good job PCPD!
Nummy June 17, 2011 at 11:38 PM
Our we this close to this happening? Officers responded to the school at Ping St. at 11 a.m. after calls started coming in from parents, teachers and concerned neighbors. They told police the scruffy-looking homeless man had made its way onto the school grounds as students were participating in an outdoor program Friday. Only a fence separated the homeless man and the children as the homeless man approached and began trying to poke its face through small holes in the fence,. School staffers ushered the students inside as police arrived. Officers cornered the homeless man on the large lawn of a home at the corner of ping Street and Wood Drive. When officers determined it was safe to take a shot, they dispatched the homeless man. the police described the homeless man as "mangy" and said it appeared to be eating a dead squirrel before police cornered him. Authorities haven't conducted any tests to determine if the homeless man was diseased. Rye Brook police also responded, and a passing DPW crew from Rye Brook was flagged down to remove the homeless man body . Safety first! But what ever happen to capturing or tranquilizing
Aidan June 18, 2011 at 01:16 AM
Kids first ... always. And no arm-chair quarterbacking these police officers.
Interested Reader June 18, 2011 at 01:27 AM
Nummy, why don't you leave your number at the PD, the next time they have a call for a rabid animal, YOU can go and capture it. Question, what resources, to include equipment and trained personnel, does the Village of Port Chester maintain? My best guess, nothing. The next time a sick or rabid animal gets near our children, they should dispatch the animal ASAP. Again, GOOD JOB PCPD. Thank you.
Al Dente June 18, 2011 at 01:43 AM
Thank you, Port Chester Police Department.
PC Lover June 18, 2011 at 11:35 AM
There's a great idea! Step up Nummy and rescue those poor creatures! And when the rabid animals bite you I hope your hands are as nummy as your skull. PCPD You are the best! Thanks for protecting our kids!
Dr.SusanRubin June 18, 2011 at 11:39 AM
Was the fox infected with rabies? What were children told as to why the animal was killed? The disconnect from nature and wildlife is huge here in suburbia. If the animal had rabies, this is a great opportunity to teach kids, parents and teachers about the disease.
Nummy June 18, 2011 at 01:18 PM
Was the fox infected with rabies? shot first fine out later.........it was seen poking it face through a fence, a fence it couldn't get through also the School staffers ushered the students inside, there was not threat to any kid and they could of taken the time to capture or tranquilize it. All city and town should fine the resources to capture or tranquilize before they dispatch a animal.
Nick Oddo June 18, 2011 at 05:47 PM
Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself. ~ Froude
Richard Simmons June 18, 2011 at 06:16 PM
Wah its a wild animal wah, should teach the children who were around first, society today are such wimps
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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