Possibly rabid fox forces Rose Canyon Lake campground closure - Tucson News Now

Possibly rabid fox forces Rose Canyon Lake campground closure

Closure of Rose Canyon Lake (Source: Tucson News Now) Closure of Rose Canyon Lake (Source: Tucson News Now)
Rose Canyon Lake. (Source:Arizona Game and Fish Department) Rose Canyon Lake. (Source:Arizona Game and Fish Department)
A gray fox, like this one, bit a young boy at Rose Canyon Lake. Rose Canyon Lake. (Source:Arizona Game and Fish Department) A gray fox, like this one, bit a young boy at Rose Canyon Lake. Rose Canyon Lake. (Source:Arizona Game and Fish Department)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Rose Canyon Lake campground on Mount Lemmon is closed because of a possibly rabid gray fox in the area.

The fox bit a 12-year-old Tucson boy on Sunday, May 14, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The boy was treated at a hospital for the bite and for rabies.

According to a Game and Fish news release, state and federal wildlife experts are searching for the fox and assessing the situation.

The closure is expected to be short-term.

From the Arizona Game and Fish news release:  

"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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