Your Stories: Foxes spotted in the town of Salina

Town says not much they can do

SALINA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - For most of us seeing a fox is a rare sight, but for Town of Salina neighbors foxes are putting neighbors on edge. Particularly their loud howls are becoming more than just a nuisance.

"Once they start, they don't stop, and then the dogs bark, my one neighbor, their dogs bark all night and then my two dogs start banking and then it's just a nightmare from there," said Salina neighbor Mike Leone.
 
Over the past couple years these foxes have become unlikable neighbors.

"I've called into the town a few times, they say they're looking at it, but now that we're going on year number two, and I'm sure it's going to go onto year number three, nothing's being done," said Leone.
 
Town supervisor Mark Nicotra says he's received dozens of calls, but his hands are tied, unless the foxes become dangerous.
 
"The DEC is not going to let us go out and just purge all of the foxes," said Nicotra, "this is the time of year they're having pups, so they're looking for more food and looking for food sources."
 
One thing that has many neighbors concerned is rabies, a possibility in foxes. The Department of Environmental Conservation says you might be able to tell if a fox is infected if they're displaying aggressive behavior, appear disoriented, or are just acting oddly.
 
If you have a fox you would like to report to the town, you can call 315-457-6661.

 


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