Name That Perry Hall Animal

Do you know what type of animal this is?

(Submitted Photo)
(Submitted Photo)
A reader said she saw an animal like the one in this photograph north of Schroeder Avenue in Perry Hall on Friday.

She described it as at least 2 feet tall at the shoulder, big enough to be a small deer but with a domed forehead resembling a hyena.

"It didn't seem scared, moved like a fox," she said. "Any ideas?"
David Robert Crews March 08, 2014 at 01:42 PM
It's gotta be a fox. An unhealthy fox. It's gnarled down its fur to the skin in a few spots. I don't know what kind of mange or whatever caused most of its fur to fall off, but it sure is a sick pup. The kind of thing we see when fox populations are a bit too dense in one area. About a decade ago, I saw a fox in North Point State Park that had most of its fur on but the unfortunate animal had masses of blackened fur on its body. That critter was seen in the daytime, too, and like was said on here, healthy fox are mostly seen out at night. That N. Point Park fox was standing off a short ways in the woods by a parking lot, and park visitors were looking at it and kids were calling to it. I got back in my parked truck and drove down to the park office, where I informed the authorities of the dangerous situation. If them kids, or anybody, got too close to that sick fox - the fox that should have already run from them - and they touched it or it touched or bit them, there'd have been a big problem. About a decade before that day in N. Point Park, it was early evening with hour or so before the park was going to close, and I was walking on a trail to the waterside and saw a large, healthy fox jump up out of an overgrown field and ZOOOM-take off running. It was FAST! That was a good, healthy fox and a perfectly safe outdoors experience. The Perry Hall Animal looks very unhealthy and carries with it the chance of there being a bad experience for some person who accidentally, or on purpose, gets too close to it.
David Robert Crews March 08, 2014 at 01:48 PM
I forgot. We don't want the Perry Hall Animal near peoples' pets or farm critters, either. That fox - or coyote/fox? - should be trapped in a havahart and either given medicine or put out of its misery. A veterinarian and/or a Department of Natural Resources Officer can legally say what should be done with that critter.
PH March 08, 2014 at 03:32 PM
Looks like a fox to me. I hope he can be helped.
PH March 08, 2014 at 03:32 PM
Looks like a fox to me. I hope he can be helped somehow. He also looks undernourished.
John Cofiell March 08, 2014 at 09:02 PM
I have to agree,it is a fox. A fox is a species of dog. It has the mange. It should be trapped. Avoid any contact. If it will approach humans,it could possibly have rabies.


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