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Local fox getting to friendly (with us) what shall I do????

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by indi, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. indi

    indi Chirping

    Aug 4, 2011
    Recently while I was putting my chickies to bed a fox came up behind me and nipped my jumper! I am only 13 so what is a cheap way to deter the mean creatures??

  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Gosh, I think you should call animal control because that's odd. It might have rabies or something......You don't usually see them during the day and they usually don't get close! Be careful!
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    It's not odd to see foxes during the day - we have one living in our back yard for a couple years now - we avoid each other like the plaque. I would be very worried if he approached me like that and would wonder if he had rabies or IF someone had been feeding him in our area, and he expected you to feed him also. In either case I would report it to animal control, or police - which ever would be likely to try and catch him. Out here we could call the police. Please avoid him at all costs - rabies shots are very expensive and painful. Please do check that he just nipped your jacket and his teeth and saliva didn't get on you.
  4. Mike Winters

    Mike Winters Songster

    Nov 13, 2011
    call animal control or try to kill it, its rabid. a sane fox should run or stay at least 75+ feet away form a human not run up in bite you. and get rabies shot in case it did get saliva on you cuz if it did you will die within a month form rabies
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2011
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Quote:Know how to use a shotgun?
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Call animal control - and if the fox broke skin go to your doctor immediately. While it is not unusual to see fox about in the daytime, approaching a human and biting their clothing is absolutely abnormal. I too would be concerned that the fox was rabid and would exercise extreme caution while outside.
  7. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Songster

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    That is not good at all and the fox is not healthy. Call AC to make a report and load the .22.

  8. War Chicken

    War Chicken Songster

    Oct 18, 2011
    Maybe a neighbor is feeding it and it's become kind of tame?

    After all, foxes were man's original best friend (domesticated before dogs).
  9. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    That close to a human I suspect it is someone's bottle raised pet.

    The rabies shots are NOT painful. If you ever get scratched or bitten, do not be afraid to take the series of shots. That painful nonsense is an old wife's tale intended to scare children into behaving. I've had the shots; they are no big deal.
  10. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    Where do you live? In the country (as in, on a farm with no close neighbors)? In town? Near a town? If you're in the country I would most certainly be concerned about rabies. That is definitely NOT normal behavior for a truly wild fox. If you're near or in a town or city with alot of people nearby, it could well be someone's bottlefed "pet", or a fox that is acclimated to living near humans and used to being fed by them. Tell your parents and find out what they think. I would definitely call AC or police if you live in an area where you (or an adult) can't shoot the thing. If someone does shoot it, go for a lung shot and have the head tested for rabies.

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