Outside areas closed while police searched for animal
Derry, N.H., police say they found and euthanized a fox that chased a woman and her son and bit another girl on the ankle.
The first incident involving the fox was reported Wednesday around 6:45 p.m. Derry police said they got a call from a woman who said she watched a fox circle her 9-year-old son while he was playing in their back yard.
She said the boy started to run to the house, and the fox chased him and knocked him to the ground.
She said she threw something at the animal and it backed off, only to chase both her and her son as they continued to run back to their house.
The woman said she then swung a shovel at it and the fox ran into nearby bushes.
They were not injured.
The second incident was reported Thursday around 3:45 p.m. at Don Ball Park on Humphrey Road. The caller told police that the fox bit a 5-year-old girl in the ankle while she was playing.
Police said they responded to the area and after an extensive search the fox was located.
Officers said they were forced to euthanize the fox in a wooded area off Cemetery Road.
During the search for the fox, police said a public safety alert was issued for resident in the areas of Schurman Drive, Cemetery Road, Dexter Street, South Main Street and in the area surrounding Don Ball Park.
As a further precaution, the park and all outside areas of the West Running Brook School and Derry Village School were closed.
Those areas have since reopened.