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Jul 2, 2014 6:13 PM by Caroline Flores

Grey Foxes Spotted on the Southside

CORPUS CHRISTI - KIRS 6 News was contacted by concerned parents who've seen gray foxes roaming their neighborhood. The animals, which can carry rabies, have been spotted around homes on Williams Drive.

One family says they first spotted the group of about 7-10 foxes at an abandoned home on Williams Drive. But what worries them, is the skulk (a group) of foxes have ventured onto their property.

"My girlfriend had seen the foxes up in the front I guess chasing the birds, because we have a bird feeder out here. And then uh, she's seen them out here in the back, scattered, running around," said Christopher Martinez.

Martinez says when his family first saw them, they didn't realize what they were.

"The first thing was like, that's a awfully big cat. Then when I pulled up I was like no, look at the head. It's a fox," said Martinez.

I asked his 5-year old son, Jedidiah Taylor, what they looked like. He told me they were gray.

What worries Martinez the most, is that his children were very intrigued by them.

I asked little Jedidiah if when he say the foxes, he wanted to go pet them. He nodded his head yes.

"We don't want them to get bit and something happens to them, then we have to rush and take them to the hospital," said Martinez.

He also has his dog to worry about. Martinez says his little pup likes to chase just about everything. But ever since they saw the foxes roaming around their home, they've moved him inside.

"We're concerned that he might contract rabies," said Martinez.

Martinez got in contact with Texas Parks and Wildlife. They will set up traps in his yard next week.

He wanted them to put traps up in the property four houses down, where they think the foxes are living, but Parks and Wildlife said they need the property owners to contact them first and give them permission.

Six News got in touch with the property owner where the family thinks the foxes are living. She told me she'd put in a call to Texas Parks and Wildlife and give them permission to put up traps on her property.


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