On Tuesday, July 4th, State College Police responded to a report of a fox biting a dog and its owner. The fox was killed by a neighbor and taken for testing by State College Police Department. The fox did test positive for rabies at the PA Dept. of Health lab.
If anyone observes what they believe is sick/injured wildlife they can call the PA Game Commission at (570) 398-4744. The Game Commission can offer advice on how to handle sightings. It is important that people do not purposefully come in contact with wild animals whether the animal is sick, injured, or apparently healthy unless they are an Officer or a Wildlife Professional. Animals, in general, do not pose a threat to human safety. However, there are some illnesses that animals carry that can. If anyone is bitten or scratched by any animal, or has questions about rabies, they should contact the PA Department of Health at (814) 865-0932. For wild animals, they should additionally contact the Game Commission and let them know the status of the wild animal in question.
Follow up on this case is being handled by the PA Dept. of Health.