New Sighting East of Mankato Provides Hope in Search for Missing Pet Fox

(Janesville, MN) – There is some renewed hope in the search for a long missing pet fox, after a possible sighting about 20 miles east of Mankato.

Organizers in the search for Notchi say a dark silvery fox with a white tail tip was seen Monday morning running across a road about 3 miles south of Smith’s Mill. This is an area where the missing fox had been seen before and when shown a picture of Notchi, the person said the fox he saw looked just like him.

This is the first possible sighting reported in about a month, with the last coming September 13th near Owatonna.

Notchi has been missing since January 1st, after disappearing from Lakeville, where he had lived since being rescued from a fur farm by owner Mikayla Raines.

Since then, Notchi’s been spotted by dozens of people in places across southern Minnesota, including Mankato, Wells, Mapleton, Faribault, Owatonna, Waseca and Pemberton.

Anyone who may see Notchi is asked to not approach him, but instead, take a photo of the animal and immediately call 612-961-6366. A $1,000 reward is being offered.

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