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Police: Red fox, with possible mange, terrorizing residents in Lynchburg

FILE - Red fox in Loudoun County (Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The Lynchburg Police Department said a red fox, with possible mange, is causing some chaos around the area.

Police said the first report was Saturday, September 22 when the fox was seen by a citizen chasing a man on a bike in the Plaza parking lot near High Peak Sports Wear.

They said the man was seen kicking at the fox to try to keep it away.

Police said they don't know if the man was actually bitten because he didn't call 911 or make a police report.

The second incident happened Sunday, September 23 around 5 a.m. when the fox bit a citizen on Yorktown Avenue.

They said the fox scratched on the door of a home in the 2200 block and when the resident opened the door and looked around, the fox bit the person's leg.

Police said the resident had to have medical care for the bite.

The third report is from later Sunday around 2 p.m. when a red fox got entered through the garage door of a business in the Lakeside Drive and Murrell Road area and approached a man inside the garage.

Police said the man was able to push the fox away several times using a shovel before it ran away.

Mange is a skin disease of mammals caused by parasitic mites and is occasionally communicable to humans.

It typically causes severe itching, hair loss, and the formation of scabs and lesions.

Police said it appears the same fox was involved in all three incidents.

Animal Control and the Lynchburg Police Department are making every attempt to locate and capture the fox.

Extra patrols in the area will begin until the animal is located, or until similar incidents cease to occur after several days.

If you observe a red fox that appears sick or is exhibiting abnormal behavior in this area, please call 911 immediately. Do not attempt to follow the fox on foot or approach it.

Additionally, the Central Virginia Health District is warning the public to report if you have been bitten by this fox or any animal to the health department.

You can report animal bites to the Lynchburg Health Department at (434) 477-5921.

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