“It might have rabies,” is one of the leading reasons people give for killing wild foxes. Foxes and cats each account for about 6% of rabies cases per year, but, fortunately, no one suggests that we mass-murder stray kittens. Let’s have the same respect for wild animals, instead of slaughtering them because of the small risk that they might be sick. You can protect your family from rabies by having your pets vaccinated and by never approaching or handling a wild animal. If you do see a wild animal showing rabies symptoms, report it promptly to your local health department and animal control. Senseless killing isn’t the answer.