Foxes are small to medium canines that have a bushy tail and an appetite for poultry. Poultry farmers with a fox problem can definitely consider the animal a major pest. They can cost a farmer hundreds if not thousands of dollars in loses so keeping them away or getting rid of them once they are around can be of the outmost importance. Poultry farmers are not the only ones that need to be concerned about a fox problem. A fox will also go for any other prey that it sees as an easy meal. That includes small pets and other livestock such as young pigs and lambs. The fox will also steal pet food that you may have left outside. Their diet is varied but most often the diet will include small mammals and birds. Geese ducks and other outdoor wild birds make great prey for a fox as well.
Diseases And Other Risks
Like other wild animals, a fox can carry rabies. Rabies can be extremely dangerous to humans and pets alike. There are also risks associated to catching a fox. If you are in an area where there are many foxes then catching one will most likely be useless. Other fox will get smart about traps and become extremely trap shy, that makes it almost impossible to get rid of foxes when they are in the area in large numbers. Poisons are a very risky way of eliminating foxes because of the risk posed to household pets. Things that may seem appetizing to a fox will also be appetizing to a dog and maybe cats. In the end using poisons may end up causing a lot of harm, not to mention that the method can be considered inhumane. If the fox is in a populated area and you choose to shoot the animal then the risk is to other people that may be in the area.
The best way to keep the fox out is to make it feel not welcome in your property. If the fox is going for your poultry or even some small pets then it makes all the sense in the world to build a fence. A fox is a brave little canine but it will not chase a big dog, so if you have a big dog you may want to keep it where a fox may go. Some dogs can be trained not to harm your livestock, but will chase away a fox. Repellents are available, but the level of effectiveness is debatable as not all foxes will respond negatively to a repellent. Motion sensors can help keep foxes away because they will scare them when a light comes on. Those are just some of the measures you can take to keep the fox away from your property.
Fox Already In The Area
If a fox is already in the area and is busy causing damage to your property or poultry, your best bet is an animal control specialist. The reason for that is that a fox is as smart as as the saying about the animal. They are not the easiest to trap. There are also laws in some areas that may prevent you from releasing the fox even if you have trapped the fox alive. An animal expert will know what can be done with a fox once it is trapped. Sometimes the release of the fox is not a possibility so the wildlife expert will know what to do in those cases. If you have poultry or small pets you cannot afford to have a fox problem. They can be as destructive as they are beautiful.
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