Anybody have luck live trapping a fox?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by LoneCowboy, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    I'm having fox trouble. As the winter gets colder it or they are getting braver. When it snows you can see their tracks everywhere. When it's not snowing you can see their poop everywhere.

    Had one messing with my chickens this morning. I called the division of wildlife for help. They weren't any help. Just told me to kill it. I would have to get a permit to relocate it and it would have to be within 10 miles of the location it was caught and I'd have to have the permission of the land owners before release.

    They sure don't make it easy to be humane around here. I really don't want to kill it, but the guy said it's the easiest way. [​IMG]
  2. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
  3. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Songster

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    Three words of wisdom. Don't get caught!

    Not saying what you shouldn't get caught doing, not advocating breaking the law. Not saying what you should or shouldn't do. If it's legal to kiill it and you do not wish to... well, ok, but whatever else you do, just don't get caught doing it. *cough* whatever it is you do. *shifty eyes* or don't do.
  4. antlers

    antlers Songster

    Jun 20, 2008
    East Cent Minnesota
    Hard to live trap adult fox. Too smart They need to be really hungry. Young pups are easier. Wildlife guys are right. Easiest to bump em ... Even that is tough.
  5. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    I was told it was totally legal. Here is Boulder County, where you can't even shoot or kill a prarie dog you would think they were tougher. But they told me to kill it. Go Figure [​IMG]
  6. TexasVet

    TexasVet Songster

    Nov 12, 2008
    Willis TX
    If you don't want to kill it, buy some coyote urine and sprinkle it around the coop. The coyote is a natural predator of the fox.

    Coyote urine is available through most hunting stores or off the web.

    The downside is that it can attract coyotes. So if you have any around, you may not want to try it.

    Kathy in Texas
  7. CountryMom

    CountryMom Songster

    Jun 21, 2008
    South Texas
    Quote:Ditto. Had to do that when I had one picking off our barn cats. Then we trapped her pups and relocated them to the back side of our ranch where there is a nice creek. We still see them.
  8. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    Use a live tray with a section that hold a live bait.

    No they dont kill the live bait, but they find it hard to over look a free chicken dinner.
  9. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

    Oct 16, 2008
    We had 2 on the hill right above our coop this morning !!!!!
    I let my dog out and she ran them off ! I guess I will only be able to have my girls out in the run when I have the dog outside.

    "They are red foxes and are really pretty" my DH said !!!![​IMG]

    I bet you can imagine what sign I gave him !!![​IMG]
  10. spookyevilone

    spookyevilone Crazy Quail Lady

    Oct 5, 2008
    Be careful if you live trap foxes. They can carry rabies even if they don't have symptoms and it's not the right season for it. Do not, under any circumstances, let your skin be broken by it.

    You could try putting wet dog food out far away from your chickens. The fox would probably prefer not to have to get any closer to humans than necessary. Or else I'd get electric fencing and zig/zag it along the ground around the coop.


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