Nunavut Health Department warns of ‘aggressive’ fox in Sanikiluaq

Due to rabies risk, any resident bitten or scratched by a fox or dog should report incident immediately

A photo of a black fox. Nunavut’s Health Department is warning residents of Sanikiluaq to be on the lookout for foxes after one displaying aggressive behaviour was spotted this week. (Photo by Paul Nuyalia)

By Madalyn Howitt

Nunavut’s Department of Health is warning people in Sanikiluaq to be cautious of aggressive foxes in the community.

In a media release, Health spokesperson Danarae Sommerville said a fox in the area was reported on Wednesday to be exhibiting aggressive behaviour.

Anyone who has been bitten or scratched by a fox or a dog should go to the hospital and report the incident immediately, she said, due to the danger of rabies.

As rabies infections are almost always fatal, treatment must be started quickly after exposure.

Domestic animals that spend the majority of their time outside or tied up should be monitored for a change in behaviour and signs of rabies, Sommerville said in the release.

Some of the signs of rabies to watch for are displaying strange behaviour or making strange noises, staggering, frothing at the mouth or choking.

Animals exhibiting these signs should be avoided and reported to the regional environmental health office at 867-645-6660 or a conservation officer at 867-226-8098.

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