Fox Facts

There are multiple species of fox, but the red fox is most commonly recognized by all. The red fox is dog-like in appearance with a long, pointed muzzle and a long, bushy tail. In addition to their different coloring, gray foxes also have a slightly smaller build. Red foxes prefer open country with moderate cover. Gray foxes prefer dense cover such as thickets and forests.

When are Foxes Active?

Foxes are most active in the early morning hours and during the early hours of darkness, since they are nocturnal animals. They are very fast animals and usually catch their prey by outrunning them. The fox has a very keen sense of sight, hearing and smell, which are useful when stalking prey with stealth and patience.

What is the Habitat and Diet of a Fox?

Foxes are usually wary of humans and live in ground burrows, wood piles, rocky outcroppings and hollow trees. They are carnivores and usually preys upon rabbits, mice, birds, eggs, and occasionally feed on fawns, pigs, lambs and poultry.

Signs of Foxes

Sometimes the only detectable sign of the presence of a fox is its footprint, because they are so fast and wary of humans, foxes are seldom seen. Foxes usually either bury their prey or remove it from where it was killed, so the damage done by a fox is often difficult to assess. Foxes are especially harmful to poultry production because they usually only take one victim at a time and usually take the dead carcass away with them. Consequently, those who have experienced damage caused by a fox might not notice the loss until many raids have taken place.

Pest Tips

Whole animal carcasses such as chickens or rabbits make good bait for foxes, commercial fox lure can add to the effectiveness of a cage trap. Cage traps for a fox should be thoroughly concealed, special care should be taken to not leave human scent in the area where the cage trap is set.

A good way to attract foxes to a trap is by taking advantage of their natural curiosity about hidden food.

  • Dig a hole about 6 inches in diameter and around 10 inches deep.
  • Bury slightly spoiled meat in the hole, being certain to leave a little bit exposed.
  • Add a bit of commercial fox lure or bait to the hole.
  • Place the cage trap over the hole so that the rear of the trap covers the actual hole itself.

With this arrangement, the fox will have to walk into the trap to get a look at the hole.

Kness Pest Defense recommends using our Kage-All Small Animal Trap to help catch and remove foxes

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