Urban, City & Suburban Fox Problems
If you feed them, they will come! Most encounters with foxes, wolves, bobcats, coyotes, and mountain lions happen when they are looking for a quick and easy way to obtain food.
Home owner associations frequently call about wanting coyotes and foxes trapped and killed. Trappers will likely use foothold traps which may endanger children and pets. Should the HOA should be responsible for the homeowners who attracting the coyotes and foxes?
Foxes live all over in urban areas and can be seen walking down your street in town in broad daylight. Just because you see one during the day does not mean that it is rabid and that is going to attack your pets and children. Pet food and bird feeders provide birds for the foxes and also the rodents we attract. If you were to open the belly on any given fox, bobcat or coyote, you would certainly find mice, rats, birds, squirrels and perhaps a few feral cats. Most people say the fox is skinny and looks malnourished or rabid. Most of the time, they are well-fed and just fine health-wise.
Most Calls about Foxes, Bobcats, Coyotes, and Mountain Lions are Caused by:
Pets such as dogs or cats that are fed outdoors. Re-train them to eat all of their food in five minutes or feed your pets indoors. Fox encounters occur motley when your pet is in between the fox and the food dish.
Bird feeders attract mice, opossums, squirrels, birds, rats, skunks, raccoons, and the animals that will eat those, such as fox.
Chickens that are allowed to roam the yard freely are “sitting ducks”. You may have had chickens for 30 years and never had a problem,, but once they tell their friends, how many foxes will you pay to have trapped and killed before you lose all your chickens? The cost of trapping once could pay for a wildlife proof chicken coop.
How to Get Rid of Foxes on Your Own
You can easily encourage these animals to stay away on your own and it doesn’t involve using fox traps. “Hazing” is a fox removal method which is basically scaring the fox away from your neighborhood, from you or your yard. Foxes are naturally shy and non-confrontational. Banging pots and pans together, blowing whistles, jumping up and down and waving your arms in the air, yelling, holding an umbrella and opening and closing, sprays from a garden hose or automated sprinkler and soda cans filled with pennies being shaken will scare off foxes. These are great fox control and fox removal techniques that anyone can do.
The city fox is an urban legend that just happens to be true. Foxes have survived and adapted for many years and will continue to do so, including inside rural, urban and suburban environments. These pictures are a good example. Notice in the photos taken by the Skunk Whisperer, a family of foxes, including mother and kits, living successfully at a very busy city intersection and a fox den in the middle of a large Oklahoma amusement park. There is typically no reason to worry about foxes or fox babies unless they are orphaned. Their dens can sometimes be in inappropriate places, but for the most part they are not a nuisance. Should you live in Oklahoma and you have a fox problem anyway, don’t hesitate to call us.
Baby fox orphans or injured fox
Seeing sunbathing foxes in your back yard should not be alarming. Just because they are out in the daylight does not mean something is wrong. Leave them alone if they seem energetic and healthy. It is totally normal to be able to get within a few feet of them– don’t. Leave them alone. Even though all foxes look scrawny and skinny, they do not typically eat small children! They are typically living nearby or just passing through.
Feral cats and tons of rats and mice– that is what is on a fox’s dinner menu. Having foxes is good, it means that you do not have coyotes.