Fox den is discovered at school

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As a school principal, Sonya Bailey said she has been trained to handle many things, but this week brought something she didn't expect -- a den of foxes.

"I can't say you are trained to handle wild animals on your property," she said with a chuckle Thursday afternoon.

A mother red fox and her three offspring, called kits, had taken up residence behind a fence near the back of Lake Forest Hills Elementary, Mrs. Bailey said. On Wednesday afternoon, a child spotted something moving and ran from the playground to investigate.

The playground has been shut downas a precaution, she said. The maintenance and public safety departments were called out Thursday, as was the city's animal control.

Teachers and staff members had their share of fox jokes, Mrs. Bailey said, and the children had to be reassured that the foxes were OK.

She said she spoke to them over the loud speaker, telling them of the work of animal control and why it was important for the foxes to be relocated to their natural habitat.

"I definitely didn't prepare for an outdoor adventure," Mrs. Bailey said, referring to her new sunburn.

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LadyCisback 04/24/09 - 07:06 am
once the animal control is

once the animal control is called the foxes are doomed!!

curly123053 04/24/09 - 08:11 am
Hopefully the proper wildlife

Hopefully the proper wildlife authorities were summoned by animal control to move these foxes to a better environment.

getalife 04/24/09 - 08:23 am
Just this week there was

Just this week there was another news story about a fox that tested positive for rabies. Hopefully animal control can catch these soon.

themaninthemirror 04/24/09 - 02:15 pm
Gee, there weren't any

Gee, there weren't any "foxes" when I was in elementary school!!(HA-HA)

ListenAndLearn 04/24/09 - 04:56 pm
Relocating one fox & three

Relocating one fox & three kits to "their natural habitat" is asinine at this point in their lives. Except for us they have no natural enemies in Forest Hills. They do need to be relocated for their protection, not ours. Will they be vacinated? Hope so. It sounds like the principal doesn't get out much. getalife, I read that article, too. That fox was somewhere around Harlem. Please don't think I'm dense, but I hope your first sentence had nothing to do with your second sentence. If my reading comprehension hasn't failed me, it should be fairly easy to catch the kits; mom on the other hand... Short story, we've had a cat hanging around our plant for YEARS, (never seen a Tom) but they've caught every one of her litters, but never her.

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