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Fox believed to have bitten woman, jogger is caught

A fox is pictured on the south shore of Minneapolis' Lake Harriet in Nov. 2015. (Pioneer Press: Kraig Odden)

St. Paul Pioneer Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minneapolis animal-control officers caught and euthanized a fox Wednesday morning believed to be the one that bit a woman near Lake Harriet a day earlier, police said.

The fox “was showing symptoms associated with rabies,” police said, and will be tested for the disease.

They cautioned that there’s no way to be sure they got the right fox. A 51-year-old Eagan woman, who suffered minor injuries from the bite, will be vaccinated as a precaution.

Susan Obmoin was bitten on the ankle midday Tuesday near Lake Harriet Parkway and West Minnehaha Parkway, according to police.

She was taking her bike off a rack on her vehicle when she was bitten without provocation. She had to pry open the fox’s mouth open to free herself.

“I thought it was a dog,” she told KARE-TV. “And I reached down and looked and noticed it was a fox. And I screamed, and I’m sure all of Lake Harriet heard me. And they came to my rescue.”

Officials said a fox also bit a jogger in the same area early Wednesday morning. It was believed to be the animal that bit Obmoin.

The mangy-looking fox was caught around 8:15 a.m.