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On January 05, a polar fox attacked the dogs of the weather station on Hopen, the southeasternmost island of the Spitsbergen group. Several dogs were bitten by the fox, before it was killed.

Now it turned out that the fox was infected with rabies, a disease that is rare in Spitsbergen, but had been found before (first time 1980, last time in 1999). Infections, if not treated medically, are in the end lethal, also for humans. Dead foxes or droppings should not be touched; dead foxes should be reported to the Sysselmannen so samples can be taken.

Curious polar fox


Quelle: Mattilsynet (Norwegian authority for food safety)

last modification: 2014-07-01 · copyright: Rolf Stange