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Waterman police shoot fox near school

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 5:32 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 5:37 p.m. CDT

WATERMAN – Waterman police shot and killed a sick fox Tuesday after it was seen running around school grounds while students were out for recess, Waterman police Sgt. Jason Swanson said.

Police were called about noon Tuesday by a resident who saw a sick fox on the property at Waterman Elementary School, 220 N. Maple St.

Swanson said he killed the fox with a single shot to the head. No one else was harmed during the incident.

The fox was aboht 20 yards from a group of schoolchildren, Swanson said. The school principal called students back into the building, but at one point, the fox was by the door where kindergartners come out for recess, Swanson said.

"It was right up there," he said. "We kept spooking it away, but it kept trying to come back."

DeKalb County Animal Control were called to the scene to have the carcass tested for rabies. The animal's fur was falling out and it was behaving strangely since it was walking in the vicinity of humans, atypical of a fox's behavior, Swanson said.

DeKalb County Animal Control said results for rabies testing will be available Thursday.

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