Hi everyone, I was just wondering if you would be able to give me some help. I have a chain-link fence in my backyard, and I let my dog, a cockapoo, run around in it during the day. There are some woods behind my house, and there have been families of foxes here for a while. Last night, when I was taking my dog out at around 10, she was barking. We weren't inside the fence, and when I figured out that she was barking at a fox, we ran into the house. This morning with the fresh snow there are tracks all around where one of my daughters walked her yesterday, circling, so I am assuming the fox can smell her. Should I be concerned? Are foxes able to jump/climb if they really are that hungry for food? Or would they come near a human? I could hear the foxes barking outside last night for a while, and I feel like the one I saw isn't alone. Has anyone ever had an experience similar to this?
A fox can jump, attack, etc. I don't know how well they climb chain link, but anything is possible. I would not let your dog out unsupervised. I also would do much walking outside your fenced area early morning or at dark when you cant see. Besides rabies, foxes can also transmit other problems like Corona virus.
I don't think I have ever heard of a fox killing a dog, But I could have sworn, once I saw a fox carrying a dead cat, but it could have been a rabbit. I don't think you have anything to worry about, except mange, rabies and parasites. Fox are kind of shy creatures, if your dog is let out in the back yard, and its a 6 food chain link fence, I don't think a fox can jump that high, let alone carry a dead dog back over. A coyote..yes,definetly could kill a dog. (Get yourself some motion sensor lighting for the back yard)
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We had a den of foxes living in our old barn. We would see them often, the mom running off to hunt and the "kits"(?) playing and snoozing in the sun. They never went after my dogs--and I have small ones too--but boy oh boy, did they reek havoc in the chicken coop. "Mom, what's for dinner?" "Chicken" "oh, no, can't we have anything but chicken again?"
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Thank you all for your help ! Since I posted last, there have been more of them coming out during the day...we think that there are at least 2. They run in the middle of my street all day. I can here them out back at night, too. We have been walking her inside of the fence in the morning and at night ever since. Coyotes can climb fences? I never knew that one. We have coyotes, too, but they haven't been seen since last winter. Thank you again!
Your foxes need checked out by the conservation if they are being this brave. Foxes are one of the most ellusive creatures and rarley make their presence known. Many times there will be a steady population of them but the people in the area have no clue because they are so shy around people and their activities. An unshy fox is reason to be concerned about rabies. Coyotes are shy too but not nearly as shy as foxes. Foxes want as little to do with civilization as possible.
I have foxes around my home, too. They will definitly jump and climb. They will avoid humans, unless they are ill. They generally fear dogs, but will kill cats. I think they would attack a small dog if food is involved. they are mostly nocturnal, but you will sometimes see them in the daytime, it doesn't neccessarily mean that they are ill if you do. I keep poultry and to help protect them from the fox, I purchased Predator Lights to put on the sides of there coop. The chickens are shut in at night, but a fox can get into almost anything if it is hungry. It also gives me some piece of mind if I'm not getting home until after dark. Its really just a small box with a blinking red light, solar pwered, and comes on automatically at dark. It's kind of expensive for as little as there is to it, and you need to purchase on for each direction out from the area you want to protect. So far, it does seem to be effective. I found the best price on them at Northern Tool. The product does have it's own web site, which gives lots of info about why it works (not the best price, though). If you do a Predator Light search, I'm sure you'll find it. You could also ask your husband to pee around the perimeter of the yard for a while, the smell would deter them.. Although, if you have nieghbors, that is probably not the best plan.
I thought the same thing sassyone as I read that post. Fox are shy animal that rarely move through the day in manner in which they can be seen. I have seen them during the day occassionally, but they are running across the highway from one wooded area to the next, not out playing in the road and making themselves seen.
If they are out during the day, hanging around, I would be concerned with rabies. I would be calling the local wildlife person about trying to trap these ones to be tested.
We have been thinking about calling Animal Control for a while, seeing as they are outside during the day. We have seen them running across the street, and one of them actually sat in the middle of the street for a few minutes. Back in the springtime, there was a den in my neighbor's backyard with as many as seven baby foxes at one time. All the neighbors have heard about the situation and are watching for them, too. We think that these are from that litter and are still hanging around. One of the neighbors was outside a few days ago and could hear them out in the woods barking.