7/27/2018 - 8/7/18--PUBLIC AREAS RE-OPENED. ANIMAL INCIDENT ALONG RANCOCAS CREEK AT BRANCH STREET
8/7/18 UPDATE--THE PUBLIC PATHS ALONG THE CREEK HAVE BEEN RE-OPENED
On Wednesday July 25, 2018 at 6pm, the Medford Township Police responded to an animal incident on Branch Street which involved an animal biting a resident’s dog. A resident reported that while walking his dog in the woods along the creek that a beaver came out of the creek and pulled his dog into the creek. The subject was able to pull his dog back onto land. The animal suffered a laceration on its hind leg as a result of the bite.
The Township of Medford wants to remind residents to use caution when walking your dog in wooded areas as there is a possibility of an encounter with local wildlife. It is important to be aware of your surroundings and to keep your dog on a leash. If you are using a retractable leash ensure you rein the animal in while in rural wooded areas.
The incident is being investigated by the Medford Township Police and the Township is planning to trap the animal and have it evaluated and potentially relocated. Signs have been posted in the area of the incident cautioning residents walking near the park of the potential for contact with the animal. The park is closed until further notice and no animals or persons should be swimming in the creek.
If you have any further concerns please contact the Medford Township Police at 609-267-8300.