fox with baby geese in mouth

Fox: 10 best ways

to get rid of fox

We grew up and the fox drew our attention.

We saw it in the cartoons on television, Wily. Crafty. Sleek. We heard stories where they were always heading for the hen-house or foul pens to steal goslings (see picture), lambs, pheasant, grouse, rabbits, and chickens and eggs from the farmer. We saw pictures where they were chased by hunters on horses across farmland. And we saw models wearing fox fur stoles in fashion advertisements.
So they have been integrated into our daily lives for many years.

This tells us that they have been both good and bad for humans and we have been both good and bad for him. However, in  their pest role, this critter has cost farmers thousands of dollars in lost lambs, foul, and their eggs. Hence they have long been a pest to be controlled by the farmers. In urban areas, fox are guilty of killing pet cats and rabbits, making many a child cry for hours over the loss of a treasured pet.

So how does one prevent them from being a pest when around you?

  • Fence them out of your yard, hen-house, garden or whatever he is getting into.
  • Scare it away with a dog…a big dog…not one the he will chase.
  • Deter it with odor. Repellents can be purchased for this approach.

But if you have fox that won’t go away and he is a pest

  • Trap it: Once caught, you probably will not be allowed by your local laws to relocate the fox to the wild. If not, dispatch the fox humanely or call an animal control officer to do it for you.
  • Poison it: Hard to do without endangering other wildlife and pets, but it can be done.
  • Shoot it. If necessary, do it safely and legally. The most efficient is to blind it with a light a night and kill it easily.
  • If you don’t have the stomach to do the above, consider calling a professional to do it.