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Fox causes noise disturbance in Redding

March 19, 2019

REDDING — The source of a recent noise disturbance in town turned out to be wildlife.

Police responded to a call about screeching and screaming coming from a wooded area near Highland Avenue the evening of March 12, only to discover that it was “a red fox sounding off,” said Chief Mark O’Donnell.

Foxes are vocal creatures that bark, howl and whine, according to the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP)’s website, and their sounds vary from “a short, sharp ‘yap’ or bark, followed by a ‘yap, yap,’ to a combination of screeches, yells, and long howls.”

It’s not uncommon to find foxes living in close proximity to humans. They frequently inhabit yards, parks, and golf courses, “especially areas that adjoin suitable, undeveloped habitat,” according to the DEEP.

kendra.baker@hearst.com