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Letter: Red Fox Sightings

I think you should make your readers aware of a danger that has surfaced in the vicinity of Birchwood Lane and West Shore Road in Kings Point.

For the last five months there have been sightings of a red fox in the Birchwood Lane area. About three months ago a cat was severely ripped apart and partially eaten by something ferocious at the end of the lane.

About a month ago my neighbor at 171 West Shore, corner of Birchwood Lane, saw a red fox walk up her driveway in the middle of the morning. The fox didn’t appear to be very cautious of people as he walked about 10 feet in front of where she and her son stood watching it.

Just last week my stray cat, who had lived on my property for over a decade, was found dead and virtually completely eaten on my terrace. She slept in a box there. The fox must have surprised her and killed her right there. I fed her every morning and she never really left the property. I missed her early last week but didn’t find her remains until this past Saturday, what little was left of her. No raccoon could have done this since I feed them and the cat routinely mingled with them. 

These killings of these two cats are just the two that I know of. There may have been others and small dogs as well, since a fox will attack something smaller than itself. It is possible that this fox was somewhat domesticated and then let loose in this area to fend for itself. That would explain the fact that it is not afraid of people. 

I have never, in the more than 30 years I am living here, had anything like this happen. The cats were not only killed but ripped apart and eaten by whatever killed them. No raccoon would do that. They are not that ferocious.

I think you should warn the people in this area, especially those who have cats and small dogs that they let out into the yard. The danger is especially prevalent at night when this animal roams the area unobserved.

Thank you and I hope this info will be helpful and no more pets will be killed by this animal who doesn’t belong here.

Sharon Kalin Pretto



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