Consider yourself lucky to see a red fox in your backyard! They are extremely smart and wary creatures. Although they are canines, they are very feline in behavior at times. They can climb right up fences and branches when you would least expect. Foxes who appear in your yard are no threat to your pet cats and dogs or children and often have been observed playing with dogs and cats. They appear large because of their large bushy tail, but are actually small animals, usually weighing between 8 and 12 pounds.
Be careful! Injured foxes will use their teeth to bite, not knowing you are trying to help it. If you are not comfortable containing the animal, call us for advice.
If unconscious or badly injured, cover it with a towel, scoop up gently with a shovel into a container. If the animal is somewhat conscious, you can set a Havahart® trap. If animal is badly injured but still somewhat mobile, you can steer it into a corner situation, place a box or laundry basket over the top of it, slide thin board under it and flip. Secure the top, making sure there is adequate ventilation.
Trapping Mangy or Injured Foxes
We will loan a trap for this purpose. Trap must be checked twice a day with a phone call made to our office to report results. If an animal is in the trap, cover the entire trap with a light sheet and contact us immediately.
Don't assume the mother is dead. Babies are often seen playing or wandering around without their mother. Do you see a dead fox in the road? If the baby is sickly or has flies flying around it, contact us for assistance.
Babies Found in Window Well
If the babies appear healthy, lean a board in the window well so Mom can get in and babies can get out.
Den Destroyed by Land Clearing
If the babies appear healthy, leave them alone. Mother is probably in the area and will take them to another den once the area is quiet.
Foxes Raiding Chickens, Livestock
All livestock should be in secure caging at night. Dogs, raccoons, and other predators also take unprotected livestock.