A family of foxes wandering near my house

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  1. McGiord macrumors 601

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    Hello MR Community, I live in an urban area, and I am seeing three foxes wandering near my backyard. I just reported them to the home owners association, should I do something else? Animal Control for example?

    Thanks for your suggestions.
     
  2. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    ever think that you are in their backyard?

    grab a camera and enjoy their beauty ... they are not there to do any harm
     
  3. bruinsrme macrumors 601

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    Excellent point.

    We have turkeys, a couple of beavers, foxes, deer and a family of red tail hawks, oh yeah some sort of owl and a couple if wood peckers.
     
  4. McGiord thread starter macrumors 601

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    Seriously, they are harmless? I have small kids 2 and 4 year old.
     
  5. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    If they run from you, as is usual, yes, they are harmless.

    If they don't, they may be sick.

    You would not be leaving the kids on their own in the backyard in any event.
     
  6. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    As iJohn has stated they are basically harmless if they are healthy and not rabid ... they are afraid of humans and will go out of their way to avoid human contact
     
  7. LizKat macrumors 68030

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    Foxes will eat mice, rabbits, plus assorted berries and bugs they bump into while out hunting, but they really, really like chicken... I guess if you are in an urban area then probably your neighbors don't raise chickens in coops in their yards... ??

    A problem with foxes is that they can carry rabies. The disease can be transmitted by contact with an infected animal's saliva, across species, so that an actual bite is not necessary. If your neighbors have outdoor kitties and have not protected them against rabies then I would mention the presence of the foxes to them so they can get their cats vaccinated immediately. Rabies is not a pleasant way to go, for critters or people.

    As others have mentioned, the foxes should be wary of people, not approaching them. If they approach, bad news, probably sick.
     
  8. quagmire macrumors 603

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    As everyone has been saying, foxes when healthy are not going to strike and will run once it notices a human has spotted it and is getting closer.

    Our home gets herd of deer. We always like to throw carrots into the yard when we see them on our way out or in. One time they trusted us and they would come up right by us to take the carrot out of our hands. That went out the window when some jackass decided to go hunting in our front yard and shot one.

    Don't be afraid of animals. Be cautious to see if it is acting weirdly and could have rabies. But if it is just wandering through acting normally, then there isn't anything to worry about.
     
  9. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Urban dweller here too. We see a lone fox frequently, as well as a woodchuck, hummingbirds, hawks, deer nearby, but not on our lot. In a large city, the Animal Control people aren't going to hunt down healthy wildlife. They have their hands full.
     
  10. Huntn macrumors G5

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    You might be thinking of coyotes which can be dangerous to small pets. My Aunt and Uncle live in Plymouth, Mn a suburb adjacent to a wild life park and have a family of foxes living under their deck. They have been enjoying having the kits running around the back yard. When people show up, they vamoose. (They observe from inside the house.)
     
  11. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    They are a normal animal in my neighborhood. Leave them alone, they don't bother people or plants/property.

    I did see a fox with a ball in his mouth one night. Made me laugh.
     
  12. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    "A dingo stole my baby."

    OP, you need to do a bit of research into the wildlife in your area. Foxes are very skittish...you are luck to see them. Enjoy the show...better than seeing them in the zoo. If they don't run away when they see you, or they approach, they are either diseased or have been fed. At they point you need to call animal control. Loss of fear of man is not a good thing for an animal in the wild.
     
  13. mtbdudex macrumors 68000

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    Like others have posted, enjoy them, teach your young ones respect of nature.
    Also, take and post some Picts, I took these last year as this guy wandered thru my 2 acres.
    They do make noises at night marking their territory, have you heard their "yelping"? It's kinda strange sounding at first.
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  14. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    The biggest worry is them having rabbis. Animal control would give you a trap or two and then come relocate them away from people. It would be best for you and the foxes to have them relocated.
     
  15. JRoDDz macrumors 68000

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    Unless you have a chicken coop in your backyard, I wouldn't worry about it :D
     
  16. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    It IS the Jewish foxes you have to be careful of. :D
     
  17. arkitect macrumors 601

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    :D
    I never knew foxes to be particulary religious. ;)
     
  18. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    I blame SwiftKey for the error. That and i had just woke up and was still in bed.
     
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