Wildlife Officials Warn: Don't Feed Foxes

By: Katherine Cook
By: Katherine Cook

Two-year-old Jasmine Estrada was playing with a friend when she was bitten on her face and arms by a fox.

Wildlife experts say an attack like this is very rare, and they're pretty sure they know why it happened.

These animals can be found all over Colorado. Folks are used to seeing them dart around, but no matter where they roam, wildlife experts say the rules of sharing their habitat are the same.

Neighbors in the west Denver neighborhood said they've seen the fox before, but it had never been violent.

“Actually it was kind of neat to have around up until last night,” said neighbor Eleanor Solana.

Here in Colorado Springs foxes abound near Patti Jewett Golf Course, and Debby Van Orden isn't worried about it.

“They're just fun to look at and it's exciting to see them, but they don't scare us,” she said.

Wildlife experts say typically, foxes shouldn't be scary.

“They're usually scared of us, they're real skiddish and they run away,” Van Orden said.

Feed them once, and they may get bold.

“In fact, in some cases, some animals will begin to expect that people will give them food and that can lead to an unfortunate incident,” said Michael Seraphin, with the Colorado Division of Wildlife

It’s something the Estrada family knows all too well.

Neighbors of the little girl in Denver did say they had fed the foxes before which Department of Wildlife officials say may have been the reason she was attacked.


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