A gray fox that has made its new home in the Walker's Woods community of Carolina Forest is causing concern for some residents.
Rita Matrafailo, who's lived in the neighborhood for 13 years, said she's seen a variety of wildlife in her backyard over the years. But she's concerned that the fox, which recently gave birth to a litter, poses a safety risk for her neighbors, including rabies.
"We have a lot of children, a lot of people with gorgeous little pets, people leave their dogs in the backyard- nothing to stop the fox from killing them or hurting a child," Matrafailo said.
Since May, she and her neighbors have spotted the fox in various spots around the community.
"When we got the camera and I came outside and found the fox again in our backyard, I was taking pictures and it just sat there and stared at me," Matrafailo said.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says three cases of rabies exposure were reported this year in Horry County.
According to the Department of Natural Resources, it is the responsibility of homeowners to remove nuisance wildlife from their property.
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