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That’s Not A Dog

As I was driving down the road, I saw a dog running across the road. The dog looked to be skinny and had a longer snout than most. As soon as I got closer, I noticed that wasn’t a dog but a fox. The red fox is the most common fox seen within this area which has a dog like appearance. They are most active during the early hours of darkness and very early morning hours. You can see them move around the day when it's a dark overcast about.

While foxes roam around, they can cause serious problems for poultry farms. Foxes usually attack the throat of young livestock; therefore, kill them by their multiple bites. They eat poultry, pig, deer, rabbits, mice, bird eggs and insects. The damage foxes do to hen houses, fences, and other animal's buildings to get to their kill costs farms and farmers a good deal of money to replace the building materials and also their livestock. How do you think that affects the farmer and the consumer?

Foxes also carry diseases and parasites like dog mange and rabies plus they have been known to kill small children. Children love to play outside. They explore nearby woods and trees; however, not knowing a fox's den is close. Therefore, the animal goes into protection mode. Unfortunately, the child gets bitten which can potentially end in death.

Here are some facts about foxes.

  1. The red fox is the most common fox species in the world and are found throughout most of the U. S.

  2. They have whiskers on their legs and face to help them navigate.

  3. There are over 37 different species of foxes.

  4. Grey foxes can retract their claws just as cats do. Their pupils of their eyes are vertical as a cat to help the see well at night.

  5. Foxes have scent glands at the base of their tail which makes them stink.

  6. They have a "magnetic sense" which helps them catch their prey. When the shadow and the sound they prey makes line up, it's when they pounce.

  7. The fennec fox is the size of a kitten weighing at 3 pounds. Its ears are elongated to radiate body heat to keep the fox cool in the Sahara Desert where they live. Their paws are covered with fur so the fox can walk on the hot sand.

  8. A bat-eared fox has ears that are 5 inches and looks just like a bat's. They are designed to listen for insects to find their favorite, termites.

  9. Foxes can make 40 different sounds.

  10. They are nocturnal. They like to sleep during the day and play at night.

If you have come across a fox or have evidence a fox is on your premises, give Elite Wildlife Removal a call at 804-867-7184. Our trained technicians will be more than happy to assist.

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