A resident of Cranford Avenue spotted a fox in a wooded area behind her home Sunday afternoon.
Captain Cliff Auchter said it is not unusual to see foxes or even bears in that area. Auchter added that foxes are "generally shy."
The Associated Humane Society, which serves the town of Westfield, recommended keeping children indoors in neighborhoods following a recent fox sighting.
If a fox becomes a concern for families with young children, the society offers a fox trap, which can assist in capturing the animal. After the fox has been caught, the Humane Society will pick him up and take him to a fish, game and wildlife preserve.
For more information, call the Associated Humane Society at 973-824-7080.