I don't think you need to panic if you see a fox but being from Labrador you always wonder about rabies. However in Fort McMurray they seem very friendly.
I spotted them around people at MacDonald Island and you can see in this picture they were not shy on the golf courses either.
I got some great close up shots of this fox as well. Cheers :-)
I have never felt unsafe in Fort McMurray but I did avoid lots of places. When I did go out in the nights you did get the feeling you should be careful.
A young Labrador man was murdered in Fort McMurray outside of a bar and that really makes you wake up. His murders bascially got away with the crime. Their punishment was very little.
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is a 911 region with one detachment in Fort McMurray, and a community office in the neighbourhood of Thickwood. As well Janvier/Chard has a satellite office. There is also a detachment within Fort Chipewyan.
Fort McMurray’s RCMP detachment is one of the busiest in Alberta and fields more than 25,000 calls per year. The detachment is presently located in the back of the municipal building.
So don't let this tip stop you from visiting but be smart. You are not in a neccessarily safe rural environment. Fort McMurray is a booming town and with that comes some less than desirable traits.