Foxes are a common sight in many neighborhoods, enchanting us with their beautiful fur and mysterious demeanor – and frustrating us with their tendency to get into our gardens. However, it’s important to remember that while foxes may appear harmless, they can pose potential risks to humans and pets. Understanding these risks is crucial for coexisting harmoniously with these wild animals. Here’s what you need to know about foxes and their potential danger.
Don’t Corner a Fox
Foxes are usually shy and tend to avoid humans, but they can become aggressive if they feel trapped or provoked. While encounters with foxes are rare, it’s important to remember that they are wild animals and should be observed from a distance. If a fox feels threatened, it may growl, bare its teeth, or even lunge in self-defense. In general, the best approach is to give them space and not attempt to touch or corner them.
Foxes Can Carry Deadly Diseases
Foxes are considered potentially dangerous due to their ability to carry diseases like rabies and mange. These diseases can be transmitted to domestic animals if they come into contact with infected foxes. Rabies is a viral disease that affects the nervous system of mammals, including humans, and can be fatal if not treated promptly. Mange, on the other hand, is a skin disease caused by mites that can cause severe itching and hair loss in affected animals.
General Tips for Dealing with Foxes at Your Home
Foxes can present certain risks if they become too comfortable in a residential area. To mitigate these risks, it’s important to take steps to deter them from coming into close proximity with homes and pets. One way to do this is by securing garbage cans and compost bins to prevent attracting them with potential food sources.
When foxes come into close proximity to residential areas, there is an increased risk of transmission of these diseases to pets such as dogs and cats. It’s important for pet owners to take precautions such as keeping their pets vaccinated against rabies and minimizing contact with wild foxes. Keep small pets from going outdoors, or closely supervise if they need to go outside. Finally, it’s essential to report any sightings of potentially sick or aggressive foxes to local animal control authorities. They’ll know exactly how to handle potential dangers to you and your loved ones.
Educating ourselves about the behaviors and habits of foxes allows us to appreciate their presence while also taking steps to ensure our safety and the well-being of our furry companions. By understanding potential risks posed by foxes in our neighborhoods and taking appropriate precautions, we can create a balanced ecosystem where both humans and wildlife thrive harmoniously.
Contact Shumaker’s Animal Control for Humane Solutions to Your Fox Problem
At Shumaker Animal Control, we promote peaceful coexistence with foxes through professional and humane animal control methods. Say no to harmful traps – opt for professional assistance that prioritizes the welfare and safety of humans, pets, and the foxes themselves.
Contact us at (443) 854-8072 to learn more about our services and how we can help you ensure a harmonious relationship with the wildlife around you. You can also reach us through our convenient online contact form.