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Rabies in fox?

buddy gave me a call last night, gray at the bottom of his driveway acting weird. he walked up to it and it stayed laying there and he could tell something wasnt right, so he gave me a call. i came over, and it had finally gotten up and tried walking away but looked like he'd been nipping on the ol'mason jar the way he was stumbling around. i dispatched him and checked for obvious signs of being hit by a car or something, but nothing seemed out of the ordinary. figured i'd let him hang a day or two for most of the blood to drain just in case, and i'll know more when i skin him- if i skin him maybe- but any guesses? young gray. if it were a coon acting that way i'd definitely guess rabies and wouldnt even bother with the thing, but this was a young gray, and other than acting drunk didnt display any other normal rabies signs, and being disoriented can be more than just rabies.
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Re: Rabies in fox?

Do you think it may have eaten some kind of poison ?

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Re: Rabies in fox?

rabies, distemper, parvo, and any other sort of illness or injury.

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Re: Rabies in fox?

thats a possibility, but right now, anything is really. i didnt spend a lot of time checking it out while alive, actually, i shut the lights off on it about 10 secs after pulling up. it was standing still when i got there looking at my buddy, starting taking a couple drunken steps when i jumped out and only got a few in by the time i walked up to it. had no visible physical injuries, fur was in good condition, no foam or excess saliva at the mouth, and wasnt aggressive in any manner. it could have eaten some poison somewhere, could be distemper, could be several things i'm guessing. just curious if anyone has seen anything similar in a fox before, and if its even worth skinning based on the possibility of rabies.
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Re: Rabies in fox?

ive heard of rabid fox before locally nothing recent. never personally seen one but i do know of a few cases of skunks with distemper running around here in Bradford County recently. personally id just call the PGC and let them test it. not worth catchin something

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Re: Rabies in fox?

Agreed. Let them test it. Rabies isn't something to take lightly. I got the shots after I had a glove fail on a coon last year. Npellgrene busted my stones and I felt like my man card got dinged up. But I was glad I did it. If ya get it and get clinical symptoms that outcome ain't good.
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