Don’t Be Alarmed if You See Foxes in Your Neighborhood
Living in a neighborhood is very adventurous. You never know what you will see or what you'll run into.
Over the weekend, a fox was trapped in our neighborhood. Keep in mind, it isn't uncommon seeing a fox in our neighborhood. In fact, we have a couple of foxes that roam around (I think they are mates). As I said earlier, a fox was trapped earlier in our neighborhood, and the trapper posted it to the neighborhood's Facebook page.
Well, let's just say, that post blew up.
The fox was obviously looking for food and water and ended up in the trap. Most of the neighborhood suggestions were to let him loose because he's harmless and has been roaming the neighborhood for years.
Other suggestions, were to call Wild West Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and have them come and check on the fox.
I guess the person who trapped the fox decided to take it out to a farm and release it. That was nice of the neighbors, but unfortunately, the mate of this fox is now alone and without a partner. That in itself is heartbreaking.
Most people are not educated and versed on wildlife that lives in neighborhoods. I know in our community you will see a lot of foxes and opossums and a ton of feral cats.
Here's some fact about foxes.
They will not attack humans. The only reason they would attack is if they were rabid or scared.
They won't attack your pets unless provoked and most foxes will run because they don't want to fight.
They eat small rodents, insects, and fruit. They occasionally eat birds and plants.
According to the Wild West Wildlife Rehabilitation Center:
Pets are definitely not on the menu for Gray Foxes. They will often eat side-by-side with domestic animals. We have a lot in town and we are seeing juveniles more often right now. They are learning how to be adults.
Gray foxes prefer to eat birds (including chickens) eggs, rodents, rabbits…
They are the only member of the canine family with semi-retractable claws which makes them excellent climbers. So they will climb onto roofs and up in trees.
Seeing them out during the day in the spring/summer does not necessarily mean rabies. Often times it is the mom with nursing pups or who is pregnant needing extra calories to keep up the milk supply.
In the fall, you have the juveniles/teenagers learning how to adult. They don’t always make smart decisions.
Things to look out for when dealing with distemper or rabies are stumbling, circles, unkept fur, lameness, aggression, and seizures,just to name a few.
If you catch one and aren't sure what to do with it, call Wild West Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at (806) 680-2483, they are trained in dealing with the wildlife in our area.
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