Red Fox & Grey Fox

When you hear the word “fox,” you probably see a swift, wily creature with a full, bushy red and white tail. In reality, most foxes look a little bit like a small, dingy dog. However, they are indiscriminate hunters who are becoming more urbanized everyday. Read on to learn more about these vulpine-faced animals and how they could cause problems for you in your own backyard.

A “Tail” Of Two Foxes

The Red fox and the Grey fox are the two most common species found in southeastern Wisconsin. Nevertheless, it is possible to distinguish the two by the tip of their tails. Red foxes have white tips. Grey foxes have black tips. Both species are around 3 to 3.5 feet tall and weight roughly 9 to 11 pounds. Not only do these animals have a long, lupine face but also possess large, upright ears. Their excellent hearing helps them locate prey within one degree of the prey’s location. Their diet consists of mice, voles, berries, insects, waterfowl, poultry, sometimes garbage and rabbits- the latter being a favorite. One slight difference between these two lies in their mating seasons. Red foxes breed in mid-January with pups being born mid-March. However, grey foxes breed in mid-February with pups being born from mid-April to mid-May. Two different tails but a somewhat similar “tale.”

How Do I Get Rid of Foxes?

Foxes are opportunistic hunters. They will eat whatever food is available to them. Not only does this make them a problem for the rural farmer, but also to the urban homeowner. These predators cause heavy losses for poultry farmers, but have also been known to kill small pets in city backyards too. Foxes also hunt pheasants, waterfowl and other gamebirds. Some of these upland and wetland birds that become prey are considered endangered species. Furthermore, during mating season, females will dig dens under porches, decks, patios, near sheds and garages. Once their den is established, they mark their territory with an offensive pungent odor. Foxes have also been known to dig up yards and flowerbeds looking for food or hiding their stores of food. Trapping is the most effective, humane way to control these problems. Our licensed professional technicians have the knowledge and expertise to out-fox these foxes.

DID YOU KNOW? – Wisconsin once had more fox farming than anywhere in the world.

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