Livonia woman kills fox that attacked her at mailbox

Densmore Road, Livonia (WHAM photo)

UPDATED at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 7: The Livingston County Health Department confirmed Thursday that the fox tested positive for rabies.


Livonia, N.Y. – The Livingston County Health Department is testing a fox that attacked a Livonia woman at her mailbox on Densmore Road Wednesday.

Heidi Wright’s father tells 13WHAM it was around 11:00 a.m. when she tried to scare the fox, but it kept coming at her.

“The fox had come at her several times, and finally she was down in the road, laying down, and the fox was still attacking her,” said Wright’s father, Bernie Lusk.

Wright was eventually able to get on top of the fox and hold it down in the middle of the road. It eventually stopped moving.

“To do what she did, I don't even know if I could accomplish that unless I was really pumped,” said Lusk, who happens to be an avid hunter. “My idea of killing a fox would be with a rifle at a distance, not hovering over it with my knees on either side, trying to choke it, which she did.”

Both the Livingston County Sheriff's Office and the County Health Department responded.

The Health Department tells us the fox is being tested for rabies and the results should be in on Thursday.

To date, no animals have tested positive for rabies this year.

In 2016, one bat tested positive for the disease.

“I'm sure they're going to find out it is rabid. The tail was minus a lot of the hair, and that's a good indication that the fox does have a problem,” said Lusk.

The potential for rabies is a real concern for Lusk, but he’s glad the Health Department has the fox to test.

And that’s because of his daughter.

“Her nickname now is 'Killer,' which I don't think will last too long, but it's her new name for this week, anyways,” said Lusk.

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