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Rabid fox alert closes Rose Canyon Lake campground

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Gray fox (Arizona Game and Fish file photo) Gray fox (Arizona Game and Fish file photo)

Rose Canyon Lake campground on Mount Lemmon is closed while officials search for a potentially rabid fox after it bit a boy on Sunday.

The fox then ran off, according to a news release from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The animal is assumed to still be in the area, as foxes have relatively small territories.

The 12-year-old boy was treated for the bite at Tucson Medical Center and released.

The campground was closed Monday as Game and Fish officials searched for the fox.

  Clearly ill, dying or dead foxes have been recovered for rabies testing three times since March, from the Sweetwater Drive, Picture Rocks and Sabino Canyon areas, according to Game and Fish. 

  “Avoid contact with and don’t approach wildlife that is behaving abnormally or appears to be ill. If you believe that you see a rabid animal, call us at 1-623-236-7201 or the Pima County Health Department at 520-724-7797 immediately,” said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of Game and Fish in Tucson. “In addition, avoid touching any dead wildlife that you may find, and keep your pets away from them as well.”

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