Mystery Animal on the Loose in Phoenixville?

It was spotted on the 100 block of Columbia Avenue yesterday.

An unidentified animal was spotted traipsing through the borough yesterday, according to a Phoenixville Patch reader. The creature—some speculate it's a fox, others a coyote—ran through the 100 block of Columbia Avenue, where it frightened residents of the street; one of whom reported there are 20 dogs living there. It's unclear if the animal is diseased.

Authorities are, reportedly, baffled.

Lauren Wisely September 04, 2012 at 05:22 PM
I live right near columbia ave, saw what we thought was a fox running thru the neighborhood the other night. Wonder if this is what we saw. Hopefully it gets caught anddoesnt hurt anyone or anything.
Laura Schwartz September 04, 2012 at 05:23 PM
This looks like the fox that ran into my yard a few months back. The side of my property is on Columbia. I'd be amazed if it was the same animal as we thought that one was on it's last legs then.
MA September 04, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Looks alot like a coyote puppy, but not a very healthy one.
P-villian September 04, 2012 at 05:33 PM
http://www.summitpost.org/images/original/216570.jpg It is a coyote
P-villian September 04, 2012 at 05:36 PM
http://www.summitpost.org/baby-coyote-2/216570 meant to post this site hope it comes up.
Deb Welter September 04, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I am a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator & I cover the area of Phoenixville. I believe that what you have pictured is a Red Fox with sarcoptic mange, which is VERY easily treated. It is caused by a mite, which makes the fox very itchy, he scratches, the fur comes out & he gets scabs on his body. The mites also congregate around the eyes, making it hard for him to hunt. I am probably treating 20 foxes in the area. If anyone would like to help the animal please call me at 610-240-0883. There is no reason to be afraid of this animal! And foxes don't kill dogs! However, we do have coyotes in the area & they WILL. I can't see in the picture if there is white on the tip of the tail - that's the true way to tell if it's a red fox(white) vs coyote(black). Thanks, Deb Welter Diamond Rock Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic
Deb Welter September 04, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Rabies doesn't affect an animal's coat at all. This is mange.
burt September 04, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Saw this in Delaware County last Tuesday outside of Media on Bortondale Rd.
Barb Hurst September 04, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Yes, that is a red fox with mange.Thank you Deb Welter ...you hit the nail on the head.
Deb Welter September 04, 2012 at 06:30 PM
There are many red foxes with mange out there - you are not seeing the same one in all these different areas.
Jay Jackomin September 04, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Deb Welter is right on the money and this is her specialty. A red fox with a type of mange. Way to go Deb!
Daniel Pipes September 04, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Its a middle eastern dog called a foxotye. Be very afraid of this animal as it tends to run thru back yards and doesn't like its picture taken
Ike September 04, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Dog , a mutt , that lives in the woods .... Or it maybe a wilddog of Mountclair
EMCZBuddy September 04, 2012 at 08:11 PM
you are right, it would be nice if it could be helped. and then turned loose.
. September 04, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Why do you even bother typing this nonsense? Mountclair? Dude, no wonder Barry had to tell you to pick up the chicken bones off the street. You are like school on Saturday....no class.
RAY LISIEWSKI September 04, 2012 at 10:32 PM
PVilleRes September 04, 2012 at 11:36 PM
It's a chupacabra!!
ireozzie September 04, 2012 at 11:38 PM
it's a freakin coyote with mange. it is way too big for a fox. a full grown fox is half that size. I have seen coyotes around resevoir park for at least the last ten years.
Erin Marie September 05, 2012 at 12:41 AM
LOL Lionel. hahahaha
Maureen September 05, 2012 at 02:58 AM
That fox is NOT from Mont Clare! Our foxes like it here, and wouldn't cross the bridge into Phoenixville. LOL
hey becca September 05, 2012 at 05:22 PM
I have heard that they eat babies. Panic is definitely in order.
Dave September 06, 2012 at 03:36 PM
You all know me. Know how I earn a livin'. I'll find this fox for you, but it ain't gonna be easy. Bad fox. Not like going down to the pond chasing bluegills and tommycods. This fox will swallow you whole. Little shakin', little tenderizing' and down you go
Lionel Hutz September 06, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Congrats Dave, you've won the internet today. Hysterical.
Lori Hynson September 07, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I'm from Doylestown, and we've been spotting this animal for about 6-7 years now. Google Don Polec Yardley Yeti. Don actually saw the animal himself and did a report several years back. I saw this animal crossing East Street in Doylestown and my friend has seen two together in his back yard. Also a news station in Maryland captured one a while back and posted video. They let it go without having it checked out!!
Deb Welter September 07, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Good grief, people! You are all seeing different animals - they do NOT wander for 40 or so miles, and would not live for 6-7 years with mange! You are seeing red or gray foxes or coyotes with sarcoptic mange! Not AT ALL unusual. Period. Why does everyone, including the news media, have to sensationalize every story? I told Fox29 that this was a non-story, but they didn't want to hear it. Even misquoted me. Give it up. Mange is VERY EASILY treated. And yes, the mites can infect multiple animals. I probably treat 70 foxes with mange every year.
Dave September 07, 2012 at 08:05 PM
You'd like to prove that Deb. Get your name in the National Geographic. I think we're all going to ignore this problem until it walks up and bites us on the a$$.
Julie Brunnquell September 07, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Hi Deb. I live in Media, PA and there are 2 foxes in my yard that I believe have mange. And I would really like to be able to help them. Would you come out this far to treat them?
Deb Welter September 08, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Not at all, Dave. I'm simply trying to sensibly & humanely resolve a wildlife problem. If you feel justified in killing an animal because it has picked up ectoparasites, then go ahead. I just hope that none of your neighbors' dogs ever get fleas. I'm finished with this article & this topic. If anyone wants to help any foxes or coyotes with mange you can call me.
Matthew Wusinich September 09, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Dave, Deb, it's all psychological. You yell "mange" everybody's like, "huh? what?" You yell "ectoparasites!" we've got a panic on our hands on the 8th of September.
Dave September 09, 2012 at 04:09 PM
That's it. I'm not arguing with someone who's lining up to be a hot lunch.


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