It is not unusual to see foxes running around your neighborhood, especially if you live near a wooded area. This is not necessarily cause for immediate alarm, but the longer the foxes remain in the neighborhood, the greater the chances of problems arising.
Follow this simple guide to keep your home, family, and pets safe by avoiding human and fox interaction.
Do not feed them
Fun fact: foxes are omnivores, which means they survive off both plant and animal matter. Foxes hunt birds, mice, and other small mammals, as well as scavenge for berries and fruit.
This diverse diet is one of the many reasons why it is not a good idea for humans to feed foxes. Putting out food might encourage foxes to become overconfident or dependent.
It is dangerous for foxes to become overconfident because they will become less wary of people. This might result in foxes approaching humans in search of food, which is a dangerous situation that should be avoided at all costs.
Not only is feeding foxes dangerous to neighbors, but it is also dangerous to the foxes themselves. Processed human food does not provide the appropriate nutrition that a natural foraged diet provides, which can result in serious health problems.
Keep small pets indoors at night
Generally, foxes are not considered dangerous to humans or pets. But, this does not mean a fox will not attack a small cat or dog left unattended at night.
If there have been sightings of foxes in your neighborhood, it is best to keep your small pets inside at night. This precaution will prevent any unwanted interactions, and injuries, from occurring.
Keep a safe distance
It is very uncommon for humans to come in close contact with foxes. Foxes normally run away from humans or other large animals, but if you come near their fox den, they might be tempted to stand their ground and protect their home.
If you encounter a fox and it does not run away, stomp your feet or clap your hands – making noise will encourage the fox to run in the opposite direction.
Keep your property clear
It is important to keep your property clear of two things if you have foxes in your neighborhood: debris and animal droppings.
Foxes seek out piles of brush or debris that they can seek shelter underneath. Additionally, it might seem disgusting to humans, but foxes have no problem eating animal droppings. If you want to keep foxes out of your yard, make sure you are clearing debris and picking up after your pets.
Have A Fox Problem? Call the Experts at Shumaker Animal Control
If you think you have 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 your home and pets are not in any danger.
At Shumaker Animal Control, we are a family-owned business that 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, visit our website or fill out our contact form for more information.