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Oklahoma residents say wild foxes are invading their neighborhood

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CRESCENT, Okla. - A Crescent resident says wild animals are actually taking over part of his neighborhood.

In fact, he says foxes have made permanent homes inside vacant buildings in the area.

"There's foxes running wild around here," said Rodney Christopher, a Crescent resident.

Christopher claims there are at least 30 foxes in his neighborhood, and many human residents are concerned for their own safety.

"The fear there is that they attack my kids, or attack my grand kids," Christopher said.

Micah Holmes, with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife, says he's never heard of that many foxes in one area, but says the likelihood of an attack is rare.

"Foxes, like many animals, are more afraid of us than we are of them," Holmes said.

However, Christopher claims these foxes are bold and says he has actually trapped one on his front porch.

"That makes me think that they're not scared of me. If they're coming up to my front porch, that means they're running wild.  If they're rabid or have rabies, they're going to actually attack you," Christopher said.

Christopher's neighbor, Maurice House, says he's had encounters with the animals too.

"They came up on my porch and got in a fight with my cat the other night. I don't know if they were trying to get the food or my cat," House said.

Typically, foxes come out closer to dusk and dawn.

However, three were spotted along Christopher's street while a NewsChannel 4 crew was there.

"People are actually scared to walk home. My cousin was here the other night and he was like, 'Aw man, will you give me a ride? Because I don't want to walk, they might get me," he said.

He says he's asked the City of Crescent for help.

Until help arrives, he plans to keep his children inside and an eye on the woods.

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife says if you have concerns about wild animals in your area, they have game wardens in every county that can answer your questions.

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