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.
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