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Red Fox

    A red fox can enter civilized areas for untold reasons, but usually occurs from its knowledge of accessible food, its curiosity or interest in a game, and through pressure from external forces.

    The red fox holds a formidable position in nature, and is easily capable of survival by ways of its keen senses, quick reflexes, and impeccable craftiness. The red fox is definitely a very cunning animal that deserves much respect; as it happens to be, this animal’s intelligence level allows it to learn quickly, and when the instructor happens to be human, trouble is sure to grow. Nobody intends to educate wild animals, and the majority of people do not even recognize their unforeseen efforts. But the red fox will soak up the knowledge and use it to establish itself alongside people without their knowing, and enjoy the beneficial rewards. Aside from an individual who offers hand-outs, excess pet food, tossed-out scraps, and also lax efforts for a clean livestock operation will all provide negative contributions to wildlife. A red fox will not pass up an opportunity at a bowl of Alpo, pork chop bones, or un-hatched chicks. The red fox will not forget the meal, swinging by that location every round trip throughout the night, most every night. The initial attraction is only the first step in the wrong direction, if there are other food sources, the red fox has been taught and now “knows” this area as a source of food. In other words, humans are no longer the ultimate predator to be feared above all else; instead, they are providers of food, as seen by the wild animal. Kittens are now on the menu, among everything else.

    The red fox will cover a lot of ground within its home range, and knows everything about its territory. If something is altered by way of sight, sound,  feel, or smell, the red fox will be quick to acknowledge the change, and either avoid the difference, or more likely, proceed slowly on full alert out of curiosity. If it is a male, he will cover more ground, but either sex will be well aware of their surroundings as well as their positions therein. Many human abodes will the red fox scrutinize; conscious of bipedal behaviors, being weary of some and interested in others. After a red fox is seen near a residence’s home, following some trouble, the homeowner often tries to thwart their new-found threat. The red fox will use its keen senses to recognize and avoid danger; and in so doing, plays a game with its adversary who supplies the food. Many times a fox will sense a trap through memory of a similar scenario, and foil the best of sets employed for its capture, which happened to be the case with the red fox in the photo below.

    For the most part, red foxes cause less trouble than their numbers could allow. Although a predator, the red fox pursues its hunt as opportunity permits. And being the thriving hunter, a red fox will find and capture its prey more often than wanting; as a consequence, less desired food will be stashed in case chance delivers a more palatable meal. But if no grouse or bunny is acquired, then toad or snake will suffice till next time. The higher the predator population, the less prey animals will be found, which in itself brings the feral cat issue to recognition, but for another discussion. Once the predator population exceeds the carrying capacity, nature must incorporate measures for correction; starvation, disease, and exposure will take their toll. It is in such a time that the pressured red fox will be forced upon human dwellings in search of food and cover. A homeowner is quick to recognize these appearances, considering the red fox’s pressure to daylight, in residential areas, and more often than not, displaying signs of sickness.

    The red fox will steal livestock, pets, vegetables and fruits, while leaving little sign or disturbance of the event. If not controlled, partners and young will learn the ways and specifics of each individual raid. Although poison is a terrible and irresponsible choice, some homeowners feel at wits end, and will do anything to stop the damage. This act is not only inhumane, hazardous, and illegal, but only kills off the scavenger class that come about later to clean up, not the genetically superior killers. Consequently, the homeowner inherently breeds predators that are efficient at killing and taking livestock. Never poison wild animals, the problems do not stop at the surface.

    If you have a problem with Red fox, please contact C.H. ANIMAL CONTROL, where professional understanding and experience will alleviate the issue, and follow up with a full report on how to prevent future incidents.

Here is a pregnant female red fox, captured on her way to the chicken coop.
         The two previous attempts were unsuccessful, as this red fox was educated, swift, and wary.

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