Family of foxes takes up residency at vacant home - KCTV5

Family of foxes takes up residency at vacant home

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Neighbors say an abandoned home has not only become an eyesore, but also a home for wildlife.

A new family has moved in, but it's a family of seven foxes.

"A lot of storm damage, a tree fell down, we had to tell our kids not to ride their bikes on the circle drive anymore," Wendy Purcell said.

For a year Purcell and her family have watched nature take over a home across the street from theirs.

"They don't mow the lawn, and it's just not taken care of very well," she said. "We saw some foxes over there this morning, a whole family of them."

Purcell watches her kids closely outside and is concerned the momma fox may do the same, and become a danger to her family and her neighbors.

"I'm concerned about the kids in the neighborhood, especially the ones back there," she said. "I don't know that much about foxes, do they have rabies? Are they going to attack a child? Especially since the momma has babies she has to look over."

The city of Overland Park said they got a complaint about the disrepair in April, but this is the first they've heard about the family of foxes.

"They're as cute as a button, they should go somewhere safe," Purcell said. "I want someone to do something about the house in general so no other animals move over there."

The city said animal control doesn't deal with wildlife like foxes – that's the job of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.

"I would love for some actual people to move in. The rest of us take really nice care of our home. We'd like to see the same done because we live in the nice part of the city," Purcell said.

The city said they're having some trouble tracking down the homeowner and it's their responsibility to remove the animals. The city said their hands are tied when it comes to private property.

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks did not get back with KCTV5 Tuesday night.

The city of Overland Park and animal control said the foxes are not dangerous as long as people leave them alone.

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