Identifying North Carolina Fox Species
North Carolina and the Raleigh area are home to the red and gray fox species. The red fox has a dog-like appearance with an extended pointy nose and large pointed ears that are usually are straight up and forward. Most red foxes are colored with a light orange-red coat, black legs, lighter colored underfur and a white-tipped tail. Gray foxes color patterns are generally a salt-and-pepper gray, and the sides of their necks, back of the ears, legs, and feet are a rusty yellow. Much like the red fox, gray foxes also have long, bushy tails with black tips. The fox species can accommodate most habitats within their range, but usually prefer the open country with temperate shelter. Some of the highest fox densities reported are in the north-central area of the United States, where woodlands are intermixed with farmlands.
These resourceful critters adapt well to human environments such as farms, suburban areas, and heavily-populated communities. It is unusual for a fox to enter a home; however, it can occur when they invade a premise in search of food and shelter. Foxes have a distinctive diet in which they eat out of garbage cans and gardens and prey on young livestock, rabbit, and birds.
Fox Control, Removal and Damage
Wild foxes can be aggressive and dangerous animals. Mothers, especially, are extremely protective of their young and will defend her litter when she feels threatened. Poultry producers often face serious damage from foxes with heaving losses to farm chicken flocks, ducks and geese. They also prey on baby pigs and lamb. If you experience a fox-related issue on your farm or commercial property, contact Critter Control of the Triangle and one of our technicians and certified wildlife specialists will come out immediately. Contact us today at (919) 382-0651 for more information.
Disease Risks at a Glance
Foxes can be infected with rabies, and any fox bites must be considered a possible exposure to the rabies virus.