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Rabid fox terrorizes neighborhood

NAPLES (WGME) -- Neighbors and campers are on edge after a frightening ordeal with a rabid fox.

It happened at a Naples campground, as well as a neighboring campground and other area on Rt. 114. Witnesses say a fox attacked several people, and was almost able to get into one woman's home.

Anne Mason says she was attacked by the rabid fox on at her home on Loons Haven Drive while her daughters watched. She says she came home with her daughters from grocery shopping on a recent Thursday, to find the fox playing with her daughter's soccer ball on her front lawn. Sensing something was wrong, she made sure they stayed in the car until the fox had gone.

But it came back about 20 minutes later, Mason says, and attacked her while she was in the garage trying to get her children out of the car. Mason had to fight the fox off with a shoe.

Mason says that she wants everyone to be aware of their surroundings and to call the game warden if they spot a wild animal acting strangely.

Both Mason and her daughters are okay. Mason was not actually bitten but she was exposed to the fox's saliva which can still be dangerous.Mason and her husband, who helped kill and dispose of the animal later, were vaccinated just as a precaution.