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Are Foxes Dangerous?

Typically, foxes roaming about during the day are no reason to be alarmed. Foxes generally try to avoid people, but in their search for food, they may take a visit into your backyard. In most cases, the best solution is to just leave foxes alone, but sometimes they can be a nuisance to your property. Here is what you need to know about foxes and if they are dangerous.

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If you see a fox outside during daytime hours, there is no need to be afraid. As soon as they detect a human’s presence, they typically will run away. If the fox doesn’t scare away from you, it’s more than likely because people have been feeding them.

You can easily deter foxes that are approaching you by making a loud noise or throwing an object towards their direction (do not aim directly at them).

If a fox is in your yard during the day, they are probably just passing through. The only time they are dangerous to humans is if they are rabid, which is very rare for them.

Foxes will, however, target small pets and livestock, so your pets should be kept indoors if foxes are actively present in your area. You don’t have to worry about foxes eating your garden vegetables, but they do enjoy fruits.

Fox Dens

In urban areas,  you may find fox dens under porches, decks, or sheds. Foxes dig these dens to raise their young and also as shelter during severe winter weather. Typically, once the young are old enough to accompany their parents to look for food (around 9 weeks), they are ready to move on from the den. You should consider allowing them to occupy the den until the young reach that age so that they have a higher chance of survival.

When it’s time to encourage the fox family away from the den, you have a few options. You can use loud noises, water sprinklers, or pet repellents to deter them.

Foxes & Pets

Foxes will prey on small animals, which can be concerning if you allow your pets to go outside. Cats are generally around the same size as foxes and are very skilled at self-defense, so foxes typically do not bother them. However, kittens are vulnerable to attack, so they should be kept indoors.

Miniature dogs are especially vulnerable to a number of predators, foxes being one of them. You always want to monitor them closely when it’s time to take them outside. Smaller animals such as guinea pigs and rabbits are best kept indoors at all times.

Fox Problem? Call Shumaker Today!

If you need help dealing with a fox problem on your property, call the experts at Shumaker Animal Control to deal with the problem for you.

Our experienced team will take care of the problem in a timely manner, ensuring that you, your home and pets are not in any danger.

At Shumaker Animal Control, we are a family-owned business who cares about the safety of you and your family but also about the well-being of the animals themselves. All of our trapping and control methods are humane, as we never try to hurt the angry or scared animal.

Call us at 443-854-8072 or view the online website at https://www.shumakeranimalremoval.com/ for more information.

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