Captured Fox Back in Ossining

The grey fox that was captured in Ossining has been released by the DEC in the area of Osage Drive.

One of the foxes that had been menacing an Ossining neighborhood is back. The Department of Environmental Conservation has released the female grey fox back into Ossining's Osage Drive neighborhood.

The fox was trapped last week, but DEC officials told Ossining Police that they put the grey fox back where they found it because it is healthy and is not behaving erratically.

"The DEC failed to issue a permit to send the fox to a rehabilitation center, so the fox was released," said Ossining Police Lt. Michael McElroy. "The reason the DEC would not issue the permit is the fox appeared to be healthy, had not inflicted an injury or engaged in unusual behavior."

Ossining Police told Patch that the DEC's Captain Clark could answer further questions regarding the fox, however, Patch had not received a call back from Captain Clark by the time this story was published.

After the female fox was trapped last week, authorities said that there still may be two baby foxes and their father on the loose in the area of Ossining's Osage Drive. Authorities had been working with a contractor to capture the foxes.

The family of gray foxes usually comes out at night. Ossining police initially sent out a warning about the family of foxes on June 28.

Ossining resident Kim Schuster told WCBS Radio that she was injured while running away from one of the foxes. Schuster says she was walking her dog when a fox started growling and hissing at her. While running away, she tripped in her driveway and fell on her face. She fractured her jaw and three teeth during the fall. She also had to get stitches.

What do you think about all of the drama surrounding the foxes in Ossining? Tell us by clicking on the comment button.

Marianne Picariello July 16, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I guess the fox has to bite someone before action is taken!
hans weber July 16, 2012 at 06:00 PM
excellent news! we saw a fox cross the back yard one evening, just after a skunk had waddled by in the opposite direction. it was a fabulous sight to see.
chris bagan July 16, 2012 at 06:23 PM
really? these people should be ashamed of themselves. People live all over the world with real predators for neighbors and you never hear a word about it. dont we have important issues to worry about in this country? leave the animals alone and they will leave you alone. they have every right to be there in fact6, they havemore right than we do. we can leave anytime we want. no one is forcing us to live in the suburbs or country or wherever wildlife lives. lets not forget who lived here first. everyone needs to grow up. i guarantee the foxes want no part of human beings and unless the animals are sick, are no threat to us. what a sense of entitlement we have!
Gail F July 16, 2012 at 06:35 PM
@ hans, your right it is a site to see, I am amazed at the rabbits as well. People shouldn't complain this is part of living in the suburbs, if they don't like it they should live in the city : )
PMorgan July 16, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I live the same area as this fox family. Even my 10 yr old son says, if the parents are protecting their children, "they will be protective". I saw one cross my neighbor's yard and it was not agressive. We have been anxiously awaiting its appearance again.
Fee July 16, 2012 at 07:18 PM
My sympathies to Kim for falling and her injuries, good to know that the fox was well and released too. I'm glad we have these animals in our neighborhoods, but we must take care with our 'domesticated' animals. They can unwittingly challenge the wild ones, as with Kim's situation.
IvS July 16, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Foxes are not a threat to people or household pets. They hunt very small animals such as rodents, snakes, birds and insects. A few weeks ago in Croton, my daughters witnessed an encounter between a fox and a neighbohood cat. Upon meeting each other both animals defensively crouched and hissed. The fox backed off and made a getaway as soon as it could. Foxes are hunters of very small prey. What are we going to do, eradicate every species that unnerves us in any way? Reflexive efforts at wild animal and pest control have gotten way out of line with common sense.
Kari Christiansen July 16, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Glad someone finally had some common sense and released the mother. Hope the kits didn't suffer alone too long. When the kits are old enough in a few months the family will disperse on its own. Grey foxes are smaller and shy compared to red foxes. I wonder what the over reaction to a red would be!
Miguel Hernandez July 17, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Apparently Village of Ossining Police have released the recently captured fox because they were not able to obtain a permit from the Department of Environmental Conservation.” I am glad and am sure the VOPD is that a law suit for a possible violation Mrs. Foxy’s civil rights, for a warrantless arrest may not happen.
gail burlakoff July 17, 2012 at 12:17 PM
The "drama," such as it's been, was a human creation (seems to have originated with the CBS "reporter" who was looklng for something to sensationalize on a slow news day). I am glad that the mother is back with her kits, and happy to read so many sane comments. Hope the poor lady who fell and hurt herself is healing and, perhaps, a little less fearful.


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