Putnam police warn of aggressive fox following attacks

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PUTNAM — At 3:51 p.m. on Tuesday, the Putnam Police Department was called to 342 Church Street after an aggressive fox attempted to attack an adult male.

Authorities reported that the fox tried to bite the man, who was not injured as the fox did not make direct contact with his skin.

State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police officers were dispatched to the scene to handle the situation.

This event follows an earlier incident on the same day when a fox aggressively pursued a dog on Church Street.

The animal escaped before police and DEEP EnCon officers could arrive.

Local residents, particularly those on Church Street, Cleveland Street, and nearby areas, have been advised to exercise caution.

Police urge the community to protect their pets, keep cats indoors, and walk dogs on a leash.

Additionally, the DEEP recommends against feeding foxes and advises cleaning up any fallen fruit or birdseed, securing trash in animal-proof containers, and storing them inside garages or sheds.

The public is asked to report any sightings of the aggressive fox to the Putnam Police Department at 860-928-6565 or to call 911 in case of an emergency.

Anyone who comes into direct contact with the fox or any other wild animal should seek immediate medical attention to assess the risk of exposure.

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