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Rare white fox spotted in central Illinois

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  • Associated PressA white fox walks across dried vegetation hanging from a log Wednesday on the shore of Evergreen Lake near Hudson.

      Associated PressA white fox walks across dried vegetation hanging from a log Wednesday on the shore of Evergreen Lake near Hudson.

 
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HUDSON -- Wildlife experts in central Illinois say boaters and fishermen who reported spotting a fluffy, white fox weren't seeing things.

McLean County Michael Steffa says he began getting reports about the animal about three weeks ago.

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Wildlife biologist Blob Bluett of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources tells The (Bloomington) Pantagraph the animal appears to be a domesticated strain of red fox that's been bred for its fur.

Experts say it isn't clear how the animal ended up in Comlara Park, which is near Hudson -- about 10 miles north of Bloomington.

Bluett says he doesn't know of anyone in the area with a permit to breed furbearing animals.

The fox appears in good condition, and Steffa says there are no plans to try to trap it.

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