by Jen Howard
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Foxes are very social animals, they have adapted well to co existing with people. They are not a threat to you, your children or your pets. In fact, foxes have been seen playing with pets in the yard. I’ve seen it, taking off with toys left out or just chilling on lawn furniture, decks, by pools, in yards, under cars and on driveways. All during the day. All normal behaviour. And yes, they may go trotting down the middle of the road or sidewalk in the middle of the day. They may even follow or (escort) you while out walking alone or with your dog. A fox does eat road kill so may take a cat that has been hit. Otherwise, your cat, with all its claws and fierceness, is more of a threat to a fox than the other way around. It’s all OKAY.
Mange can give a fox a scary appearance and they may approach you. They are asking for help, looking for easy food. Mange can affect their eyes, crusting them over so they can hardly see and can’t hunt successfully. They need our help ASAP. YES, it’s treatable. Do not ever approach them, no matter how docile they are, they are still a wild animal. Teach children at a young age never to try to touch a wild animal. Watch from a distance and respect. DON’T FEED. A fed wild anything will most likely eventually get into trouble by approaching the wrong person. A death sentence in the making. We need to remember they are not a pet. They are very capable of caring for themselves. They have special dietary needs to keep them healthy and strong. If they deplete their food source they will move on.
Rodents are food to many animals, including foxes, and to owls and raptors. This is why small animals have many babies. Mother nature provides. Please DO NOT use rodent rodenticides to kill mice or rats. If the rodent is poisoned, they that eat them will get poisoned, as will the young they are feeding, and it’s not a nice death. Use live traps instead, please. Can’t stress that enough. In the mean time, if you see a fox or are lucky to have a family nearby, ENJOY. Do your best to learn to co-exist, and teach your family and friends. Never hesitate to call us if you have questions, or are worried about a fox. That’s what we are here for, to help. Remember, don’t feed. Just enjoy.
May I take this opportunity to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday to you and yours.