CHAPEL HILL – Orange County Animal Services announced Thursday that tests of a fox likely responsible for biting two people in southern Chapel Hill came back positive for rabies.

The fox was caught and killed when it was trying to attack a person’s car in the Dogwood Acres area of Chapel Hill on Wednesday.

While it can’t be certain, Animal Services is confident that this was the fox that bit two people, including one it had to scale part of a ladder to reach. No additional reports have been made since this fox was captured, but people are still advised to use caution until more time has passed.

Wild animals are naturally afraid of people and will likely run away. One with rabies or a similar disease will act friendly or aggressive. Anyone who witnesses a situation like that is urged to call 911 immediately. An Animal Control officer will then be dispatched.