Fox attack closes Virginia Beach park

Posted at 5:28 PM, Oct 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-13 06:41:59-04

UPDATE: The park will remain closed on Tuesday as the search for the fox continues.

Virginia Beach, Va. - A fox attacked two people at Great Neck Park in Virginia Beach early Sunday morning.

Around 7:30 a.m., police received reports that a fox bit a two people and a dog this weekend.

Animal Control Officer Doug Humphrey believes the same fox was responsible for three attacks within 24 hours.

The first happened Saturday evening when a woman reported that her dog was attacked.

Then, the second and third attacks happened on Sunday--this time the victims were people.

"There was a gentleman walking yesterday morning, just walking through the park having a cup of coffee and the fox came up from behind him and attacked him," Humphrey said.

Hours later, a city employee was attacked.

Police believe the fox may be rabid, but they won't know until the animal has been caught.

"[Rabies] is very difficult because it’s a neurological disease. Once they get that problem in their head, they are going to do what they want to do without any ration," Humphrey said.

Animal control has set up traps around the park.  Animal Control Officers will continue to search for the fox until it has been found.

Officials say Great Neck Park, including all baseball fields, will remained closed until they find the fox.

The two people who were attacked have been treated and are expected to be okay.