Rabid Arctic fox nearly bites cab driver

Posted: Friday, March 24, 2000

BARROW (AP) -- A rabid Arctic fox was struck by a vehicle last week, according to North Slope Borough veterinarian Kevin Wellington, and a taxicab driver narrowly escaped being bitten.

''The fox was apparently struck by a vehicle on March 15 near the Barrow boat ramp,'' Wellington said. ''And from reports I got from a grader driver, a cab driver was trying to pick up the fox and it snapped at him a couple times.''

The grader driver warned the cabbie away and straddled the animal with the grader until Wellington could come to retrieve the fox, the vet said.

By that time, the fox had died. But it tested positive for rabies, and a rabies quarantine set to expire on Tuesday was extended to April 14.

Several rabid foxes have been destroyed this year in Barrow, Wainwright and Atqasuk, and animal quarantines were ordered for all three communities.

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