Park Point Club agrees to not feed the fox

By KBJR News 1

Credit: MN DNR

Park Point Club agrees to not feed the fox

October 17, 2013 Updated Oct 17, 2013 at 10:11 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --People living out on park point are experiencing a fox invasion.

On Thursday the Park Point Community Club unanimously adopted a resolution agreeing with the DNR to not feed the animal.

Martha Minchak, Assistant Wildlife Director with the Minnesota D–N–R says that there has been a fox population on Park Point for years, with many enjoying their presence, while others want them moved.

Wild fox are not considered a threat to people, but can be carriers of diseases such as rabies that can spread to pets, livestock and people.

Habituated animals lose their ability to hunt for their own food and are less likely to survive elsewhere, which is why people should not feed the animal.

"It's not really a fox problem it's a people problem. If people didn't feed them the fox would go away. They have eaten all the rabbits they have eaten everything else that is on the point," said Dick Gould who lives on Park Point.

The DNR has reported an increase in calls from residents concerned about habituated fox approaching people and homes.

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