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Captured Fox Back in Ossining

The grey fox that was captured in Ossining has been released by the DEC in the area of Osage Drive.

One of the foxes that had been menacing an Ossining neighborhood is back. The Department of Environmental Conservation has released the female grey fox back into Ossining's Osage Drive neighborhood.

The fox was trapped last week, but DEC officials told Ossining Police that they put the grey fox back where they found it because it is healthy and is not behaving erratically.

"The DEC failed to issue a permit to send the fox to a rehabilitation center, so the fox was released," said Ossining Police Lt. Michael McElroy. "The reason the DEC would not issue the permit is the fox appeared to be healthy, had not inflicted an injury or engaged in unusual behavior."

Ossining Police told Patch that the DEC's Captain Clark could answer further questions regarding the fox, however, Patch had not received a call back from Captain Clark by the time this story was published.

After the female fox was trapped last week, authorities said that there still may be two baby foxes and their father on the loose in the area of Ossining's Osage Drive. Authorities had been working with a contractor to capture the foxes.

The family of gray foxes usually comes out at night. Police initially sent out a warning about the family of foxes on June 28.

Ossining resident Kim Schuster told WCBS Radio that she was injured while running away from one of the foxes. Schuster says she was walking her dog when a fox started growling and hissing at her. While running away, she tripped in her driveway and fell on her face. She fractured her jaw and three teeth during the fall. She also had to get stitches.

What do you think about all of the drama surrounding the foxes in Ossining? Tell us in the comments. 

Walden Macnair July 17, 2012 at 03:45 PM
This is becoming a fiasco at best. It's a fox, not a Bengal Tiger. Just let it be. The only injury this fox was connected to was someone who fell down while she was running away from it. The fox was probably hissing at the dog because it felt its territory was being violated or its kits were in danger. This is normal fox behavior I've seen fox in Montrose, Peekskill and Garrison. As we pave over the county we're forcing wildlife to become more visible and we need to adapt. Yes, we've got fox, we've got coyotes and we've got bobcats and on rare occasions we've got bears. It's all part of nature and I just don't see why everyone is rallying against this poor animal. Let her be, let her raise her kits. It's a beautiful animal that deserves to be left alone.
Javier Perez July 17, 2012 at 03:54 PM
What are they going to do when killer robot animals start escaping?
Ann McCoy July 17, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I agree with Walden, let the fox alone. You're in their territory... coexist
teach1 July 17, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Let the foxes be- Westchester was their territory long before the Europeans arrived. She is only protecting her kits- like any mother would!!!
Scott Petricig July 21, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Foxes are pretty normal in this area.. I've seen one on my road in Yorktown (near Ossining border) and I didn't think anything of it. There is a family of coyotes living in Sunny Ridge park on 134 as well. Unless they start attacking unprovoked, there's no cause for alarm.
Ruth Mendes July 22, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I've had a new resident freak out about the giant rats on her property. After I asked a few questions, I realized these were opossum. I told her how lucky she was to have the only American marsupial and her attitude changed. People need to educate themselves about the creatures with whom they share their neighborhood.
Nina July 22, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Foxes are native to this area. She is beautiful and deserves not to be harassed. If this woman is afraid of nature's creatures, she should move. Walden has it right.
Amy Elizabeth July 25, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I began laughing at the word "menacing." Foxes are timid about people. The fox was relocated because it is lactating and needs to care for its babies. The Schuster family sounds disgruntled at best, and I am amazed they even have a pet. Most people with pets can appreciate wildlife.

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