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How to trap a fox?

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A few days ago, my neighbor lost a few of his chickens to a fox.  He said he caught fox in act, but could not catch it.  I told him I would set our trap out by his coop (which backs up onto our side pasture), but do not know the best way to bait it.  We have had great success using canned cat food to trap raccoons.  Would this work for foxes?

My menagerie includes 5 horses, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 30 geese (mostly dewlap toulouse & African), 15 ducks, and 1 fancy pigeon.

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My menagerie includes 5 horses, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 30 geese (mostly dewlap toulouse & African), 15 ducks, and 1 fancy pigeon.

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post #2 of 11

I would suggest a fishy smelling cat food or other meat like canned tuna or anchovies.

post #3 of 11

Check this thread out.....they can be difficult.

post #4 of 11

Foxes are much more wary than 'coons. I used to have to put Fox urine around sets to cover human smell to be successful.

Most fish flavored cat food has fillers that repel foxes.

Night vision goggles and a shotgun.

Chickens and turkeys in the backyard since 1984. They co-habitate with PB pigs (5) and barn cats. Only purebreds are Welsummers, SC Rhode Island White and Royal Palm Turkeys. APA. NRA.

You would be amazed what you can trade eggs for.

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Chickens and turkeys in the backyard since 1984. They co-habitate with PB pigs (5) and barn cats. Only purebreds are Welsummers, SC Rhode Island White and Royal Palm Turkeys. APA. NRA.

You would be amazed what you can trade eggs for.

No woman ever shot her husband while he was doing the dishes.

Oh yeah, I got a nap for that.

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post #5 of 11

It usually takes a LARGE trap to catch a Fox.

You'll likely only get one chance

post #6 of 11

Foxes are not particularly hard to trap.  Cage traps, in my opinion, are the least effective.  Foot-hold traps are inexpensive and work very well.  A  #1.75 or #2 coilspring trap or a #11 longspring would work well.  

 

http://www.rpoutdoors.com/duketraps.html

http://www.rpoutdoors.com/viccoilsprin.html

 

 You can use the same techniques on foxes that you would use on any canines.  A fox that is coming near populated or human inhabited areas is already vulnerable to trapping since he is accustomed to the sights, sounds and smells of humans and is less likely to be extremely wary.  Foxes are extremely curious and will check out your visual "attractant", especially if there is also bait at the set. 

 

Do a YouTube search for "trapping foxes", "dirt-hole set", "trapping coyotes" and "trapping canines".  You would probably never have to get any more sophisticated than the very dependable dirt-hole set.  Just pay close attention how the pros do it and you'll have your fox quickly. 

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Married 40 years. Great wife, 4 sons, 12 grandchildren! 

 

2 Welsummers, 2 Lemon Cuckoo Orpingtons, 3 Birchen Marans, 3 Blue Copper Marans, 3 Golden Cuckoo Marans and a pair of Blue Orpingtons. 

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post #7 of 11
Good luck there two around here a friend set up a camera to see the fox just to see one holding the trap open while the other grabbed the food ..sly as a fox....maybe a snare trap or a bullet
post #8 of 11

I have trapped foxes with live traps baited with a quail inside a smaller cage within the live trap. Depart of fish and games here says nuisance animals need to be destroyed because relocation of them is illegal.

post #9 of 11
Hey that's a great idea probably scare the cr@p out of the quail but that I think would work
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies and great suggestions!!  If it was not so cold at night, hubby would patrol with 22.  So, we will try using the live trap.  With the other types of traps, not sure if there is a concern about any of our animals getting caught?  We have cats, geese and horses that live together on pasture, and we do occasionally wind up with one of our cats in the live trap.

My menagerie includes 5 horses, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 30 geese (mostly dewlap toulouse & African), 15 ducks, and 1 fancy pigeon.

NPIP Certified- #UT-179

Spirit's story: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/725035/spirit-the-amazing-grey-dewlap-toulouse-gander/
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My menagerie includes 5 horses, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 30 geese (mostly dewlap toulouse & African), 15 ducks, and 1 fancy pigeon.

NPIP Certified- #UT-179

Spirit's story: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/725035/spirit-the-amazing-grey-dewlap-toulouse-gander/
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