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Fox on the Loose in Haverford

The furry critter has reportedly been making the rounds in the township.

Have you seen the Haverford fox?

Several residents have spotted the critter making the rounds in the area but, according to Second Ward Commissioner Mario Oliva, it won't be here for long. On Friday an expert from the Pennsylvania Gaming Commission will be in town to help local animal control trap the male and transport him to a safer area.

Robert February 06, 2013 at 05:54 PM
This fox kept the Squirrels in check this year. Last year the squirrels ate through my roof causing all kinds of damage. Haven't seen them this year, but I did see this fox. Leave the fox alone.
MerionManor February 06, 2013 at 05:57 PM
That equipment can be found accompanying top township officials as they hunt. . . Or perhaps it's siting in that Rick's Shed type building we park our SWAT vehicle near; Either way, money well spent. You may not see the building as the view from Manoa road might, at any time, be blocked by the Townships' SEPTA bus (In case you are not aware the township acquired a full-size public transit bus, The exterior has been stripped of decals and the township purchased all new decals to customize it).
Hava Nigela February 06, 2013 at 06:23 PM
I like Steve D, but in this case he is sounding like one of those homeowners that runs around when a piece of trash is on his lawn. Really "a" fox? I live across from Merion and Deer/Foxes/Skunks (ugh not in early AM) are more pleasing to me than crappy neighbors!
FRANKW February 06, 2013 at 07:08 PM
There has been a fox on the loose in Havertown for years....just ask my wife.....Oh behave!
Mary Beth Ryan February 06, 2013 at 07:31 PM
I absolutely agree, leave them alone!!! Did you Commisioners ask the public if our money could be spent on this? I love seeing these natural living creatures in our back yard, they are beautiful and to my knowledge, have not caused any issues or trouble? The foxes were here before we were. Now if it was attacking people or had rabbies or something, then thats different. If anything, the foxes are probably keeping the vermon population from increasing, so therefore they ate good for neighborhood! Look up what happened when the goverment removed all wolves from National Parks, it threw off the natural balance of things. They since have spent millions replacing to their natural habitat. Learn from their mistakes.
George February 06, 2013 at 07:37 PM
How about that township manager who rides around in the township Explorer, decked out with red light sand sirens, with drugs and medication in the trunk area. Ride by his house on Greenbriar Lane and see the extension cord plugged into the trunk?
MerionManor February 06, 2013 at 08:25 PM
I sure hope the electrical receptacle on that telephone pole is somewhere connected to the electric meter on the house it's in front of, thus you and me are not paying for everything that gets plugged into it. Around the holidays it would be very tempting to plug in santa and his jolly snowman friend to the free outlet. . .
denise mccrossin February 06, 2013 at 10:14 PM
We have foxes and racoons in our neighborhood in the Llanerch section of Havertown. They never bother us except to make my dogs crazy when they see them. Don't see any point in relocating them - there are way too many!
alicia February 06, 2013 at 10:44 PM
I personaly love seeing the wildlife in Haverford township. We have a falcon that has been with us for some months now, very majestic to say the least and the foxes are so nice to spot running along the streets and front yards. They are not to my knowledge causing any trouble, and mostly not seen during the day. I would feel really bad for anyone to remove any animals from the township and ship them off to somewhere else. If they are not rabid I say leave them alone and focus on more important ways to spend money on.
Jeff February 07, 2013 at 01:31 AM
I was walking by in the Reserve last year and saw an entire family (very cute). I guess the older males are out on the search (hint, hint). No need to gather these animals. Better to watch the movie " The Fabulous Mr. Fox" classic.
Paul Hogan February 07, 2013 at 03:07 PM
We've had deer running down the center of Lincoln Ave. in the past don't you want to bring in the Game Commission to trap and relocate them also? While we're at it let's trap and relocate the beautiful Red Tail Hawks in our yard and lets definitely get rid of that Vulture we saw across the street a few years ago. I don't think trapping and removing a beautiful gift of nature is going to , lower our taxes ,repay badly spent money, or help anyone's re-election. Leave the fox alone and attend to real township needs. I love this township and have lived here for 71 years and don't think you could improve it by removing one fox, which I haven't read is a rabies threat as of this time.
MJP February 07, 2013 at 04:01 PM
****UPDATE!!!!**** The Commissioners have called an emergency meeting to discuss the discovery of mice in the township. One Commissioner stated "I personally will ensure a task force and an external panel will be hired to find a solution for this disturbing problem that plagues our fine township" As of press time, Ace Ventura has been put on retainer and will be assisting the township animal control officer with this project, expect a sizable tax increase to deal with this issue.
Sam Smith February 07, 2013 at 08:59 PM
According to the e mail i got from the Westgate Commish he has named the Fox "freddy" . Not much to say, just that Havertown should be called Haverclown because the people that run it are a bunch of Clowns,,,
Anne February 08, 2013 at 03:29 AM
I have a friend who lives in the area where the fox was reported. She's certain the report came from a woman who is afraid the fox might terrorize her little dog, and who is the kind of person who's afraid of a lot in general to begin with. She must have called the commissioner, who had to look into it. I hope this woman's unfounded fears don't trigger any unnecessary actions regarding the foxes. As for the fox being abroad in the daylight, due to the recent Darby Creek flooding, many of the small mammals that the fox (and possibly raptors as well) would normally eat simply aren't there. It makes sense to me that he (and the other foxes) would have to hunt out of their normal range and timing.
Cate Ryan February 08, 2013 at 12:56 PM
I completely agree with the commenters who have expressed their opinion that this is a stupid waste of taxpayer money by our township. However this is not the first time the township commissioners have spent our hard-earned money foolishly. Sadly, it will not b the last time either. There is a huge amount spent to satisfy "Friends of the Township" and it's just too bad for the average taxpayer who is not well- connected. Maybe we should hire an outside expert to go over how the commissioners' spend our money.
Dom Barrett February 08, 2013 at 01:11 PM
I saw a fox in my next door neighbor's back yard this morning 2/8. Looked healthy. I say leave him be. This was his neighborhood first, right?
George February 08, 2013 at 03:23 PM
I am waiting for the commissioner to send his K-9 unit out to hunt the fox. He was the big push for the K-9 so I am sure he will have the dogs in his neighbor soon to tracking down the fox. $$$$$$$$$$$
Bil Longua February 09, 2013 at 12:33 PM
We have foxes in Pennsylvania? I've never heard of such a thing!! I always thought they were wild packs of Pomeranians. ;)
Ruth February 09, 2013 at 06:52 PM
We have seen many foxes over the years running through our yard, streets, Karakung drive, and many other places in Haverfrd Twp. It is always a thrill to spot one. Leave the fox be.
Kathy O'Donnell February 10, 2013 at 05:57 AM
Wow! It only took 20 years for the township officials to find out there is a fox in Haverford Township. Somebody try and break it to them gently that there are many more. I'd worry more about the raccoons and other rodents that roam the township and leave the fox alone. Or here's an idea - how about doing something to re-route the deer to another area.
Kathy O'Donnell February 10, 2013 at 06:30 AM
Maybe someone can get a picture of the commissioners doing some real work for all tax payers - not just their circle of friends. Or maybe we can get a picture of the township workers on one of their many daily breaks - I wish I had a camera many times while taking the kids to school-watching the twsp 'workers' having breakfast at Hanne's every day - between 7 am & 8 am guaranteed - have breakfast for an hour - go to work for an hour - take a morning break, so on and so on throughout the day! Can we pay them for the hours they actually work and not pay them for all of their breaks?! Let's start a column where we can report the sighting of township workers on break. We need a time management/efficiency expert hired for monitoring township employees that we pay with our ever rising tax dollars and forget out the fox expert.
Anne February 10, 2013 at 02:19 PM
As I mentioned before, a woman who complains a lot about everything and is afraid of much made a complaint about the fox. I'm just sorry the story made it into Patch. I'm amazed at how much negativity there is towards the commissioners.
Frank February 10, 2013 at 04:52 PM
The kids have been calling him Fred for years. He is not rabid. He is just stupid or has insomnia as he likes to be out in the daytime. Either way, please leave him be.
frank breslin February 10, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Haverford Township is a great place to live and the fox know better than we do...thats why they are here and not on the computer complaining about stuff...and being a city kid i get a thrill out of the wildlife----a big big owl sits in a tree in my yard---better than the discovery channel....vultures...fox everywhere--you cant beat it
Mindy February 11, 2013 at 04:19 AM
Perhaps we need a "township commissioner" relocation plan. We can trap him and humanely release him and the woman afraid of the beautiful foxes. We will relocate them to the city. Those creatures have more right to be on this land then we do so wake up commissioners and stop wasting everyone's time!
Bill O'Malley February 11, 2013 at 03:29 PM
I only wish the township looks into closing some of the fire companies in this town. Geez, we have more equipment then Philadelphia. Why can't Haverford close some of them and partener with Radnor and Marple. I guess I'm thinking about what Camden did with the county police
MerionManor February 11, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Anne, Frankly there should be if they listen to this complainer!!!! We should be commending our commissioners when they ignore folks with silly complaints like this!
MJP February 25, 2013 at 01:42 PM
maybe get the foxes to pay taxes, then the commissioners would be on board! anne, why are you amazed at the negativity, do you live in HT?
Marilyn Park Momma April 10, 2013 at 07:02 AM
I can't say I'm thrilled with this damn fox right now. He has flipped my trash, screams in the middle of the night in my yard making my dog go crazy, and my daughter's special blind cat that she loved very much got out from a worker leaving my door open. She never leaves my porch tho. She just likes sun. Well she disappeared completely and I'm guessing it's because the fox is over here by merion west running around causing problems. Now my dog bolted out the not quite closed yet screen door and took off after the fox that's been torturing us. I hope I get my dog back. Losing another close family pet will be devastating. Im laying here unable to sleep because I don't know where my dog is and I'm very upset. I'm not very happy with this fox. Please relocate it. Our family is crushed. They are scavengers, not beautiful wildlife. They have attacked children in some areas too. Get rid of him.
MJP April 10, 2013 at 12:55 PM
I am sorry to hear about your pets, that is a shame, especially the cat. Foxes are not scavengers, they mostly hunt mice and other rodents, which really is a plus for humans. But, it was not a fox, "...foxes frequently encounter cats and may feed alongside them. In physical confrontations, the cats usually have the upper hand. Authenticated cases of foxes killing cats usually involve kittens" There have been a few documented cases of foxes biting children since 2002, meanwhile, dogs bite 4.7 million people per year. Your trash cans were probably upended by either raccoon's, opossums or skunks. Your dog, unless a very small breed, would 100% scare a fox away. Plus, there are hundreds of foxes in the area, not just one, so cheer up and take comfort in knowing that a fox is no threat to you or yours.

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