Reporting Ron Matz
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s not unusual to see a fox in the suburbs. But it’s a different story when one is spotted in the city.
Ron Matz reports one fox is causing some frayed nerves in a popular Baltimore neighborhood.
Foxes are a fairly common sight in the suburbs. One even got into a Salisbury restaurant a few years ago.
Dave Davis spotted one Monday morning near Jimmy’s in Fells Point.
“I saw the fox at the door of Jimmy’s Restaurant this morning. It was around 3 a.m. He was red and black. He took off when I saw him,” said Davis.
Bob Eney lived in Fells Point for more than 32 years.
“When I walked my dog in the morning and I’d see these things darting, I thought they were huge rats because they darted fast. But when the fox runs, his tail sticks straight out the back and then I found out they were foxes and then I was afraid of foxes,” said Eney.
Waitress Wanda Oxendine saw the fox just a few days ago in the Square on Broadway.
“The other morning I was looking at the window into the Square and saw the fox running really fast. I told everybody at work I had seen it and they said, ‘Are you crazy?’ They asked if I was sure it wasn’t a dog and I said ‘I’m sure.’ Now I come to find out, someone else saw the fox, too,” said Oxendine.
Oxendine saw the fox around 7 a.m.
“He was pretty big and had a long bushy tail. He was red. I really didn’t get a chance to see his face because he ran so fast in the Square,” she said.
So how did a fox end up in Fells Point? There’s one theory making the rounds.
“When the trains come in, the foxes follow the freight cars and come into the city. That’s how they get in here because they know they get in here and there’s all kinds of stuff to eat,” said Eney.
Now, pet owners and others are being more careful.
“I’ve worked here for eight years, and I’ve never seen a fox here before. I’m going to be a little more cautious walking around here in the morning,” said Oxendine.
Fox attacks on humans are not common, but some have been reported.