- Posted by Lance
- On May 25, 2017
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As wild canines, foxes can remind us of wolves or coyotes. This makes people worry that they will be dangerous to have around their homes, pets, and children, especially in the Raleigh area where foxes can be plentiful.
For the most part, this is not the case. Human beings, as well as cats and dogs, are not seen as potential prey. Foxes will be inclined to either ignore us or run away. But, there are a number of cases where foxes do become aggressive. Knowing what causes these scenarios will help you avoid them. Also, knowing how to handle them when they do occur will help you and your loved ones stay safe.
What Makes Foxes Aggressive
There are only a few cases that will cause a fox to attack a person or their pets. Take all possible precaution to avoid these situations.
Rabies is not a particularly common disease for foxes, but they are known carriers. Foxes who have contracted rabies can become violent and may attack. If you suspect a fox is rabid, keep your distance and call professional animal control experts.
Small animals, like chickens, rabbits, and even small cats, are seen as a food source for foxes. The old cliché about the fox and the henhouse is no joke. They will try to kill poultry and other domestic and farm animals if the opportunity arises.
Hunger may cause a fox to attack in ways they otherwise would not. Larger dogs and cats, and even children have been attacked by very desperate foxes. This is so rare, though, that it should not be a major concern.
Acclimation to humans is another cause of aggression. If a fox gets used to eating garbage, pet food, or even food deliberately left for them, they will become too comfortable around humans. Without a fear of humans, foxes become bolder and can become a nuisance.
Being cornered is a cause of aggression from almost any animal. Always leave a route for a fox, or any animal, to escape so they do not get defensive and see aggression as their only option.
Protecting their young is another instinctual reason for violence among most animals. Even household pets can become violent if their parenting duties are disturbed. If you know a fox has a den underneath your home, or nearby, do not disturb it without help from a professional animal control expert.
Get Help from Raleigh Area Animal Control Experts
If you are in the Triangle area of North Carolina and are dealing with aggressive foxes, contact Critter Control for assistance. We are experienced in the removal of all common pests from Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Apex area properties when they become a problem or safety hazard.