Foxes are a common source of problems that involve wildlife control. This is especially true in more rural areas where people own livestock, since foxes will do their best to get into chicken coops and other enclosures to find fresh prey. They’ll also get into your trash cans, often tearing into them, sending garbage strewn around your property and increasing the risk of even more wildlife using your home as a convenient eating area.
But, are they really dangerous? Foxes are often flighty and cautious, and will bolt at the sign of human confrontation. Does this mean they’re harmless? Or should you opt for professional animal removal from the experts at Animal Remover? We offer some advice in this blog.
The Risk of Rabies
Being so experienced in wildlife control, we’re very familiar with the risk posed by rabies in wild animals at Animal Remover. Foxes are no different from any other wildlife you’ll find scavenging around, under, or even inside your property, which means they could very well be carrying rabies.
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As mentioned above, foxes are typically likely to hide, rather than confront. One of the biggest signs that an animal is rabid is aggressive behavior towards larger animals – and this certainly includes people. Rabies wants to spread, and it’ll do this by compelling the infected animal to attack, transmitting through its saliva with a bite. This is maybe the most important reason for professional wildlife control.
If you have children or small fur babies that you let outside, the risk of rabies can be even greater. Although wild, it’s hard to deny that there’s something cute about foxes. For small kids, this just makes them like any other cute and cuddly animal, increasing the risk of being attacked if a fox is rabid. Rabies is deadly, and if you want to avoid the risk to you and your family, you need to contact professional wildlife control.
Will They Attack Even If They’re Healthy?
The risk of attack from a rabid fox is obvious, but what if a fox is healthy? How likely is it that a healthy fox will attack or bite a person? Thankfully, the risk is lower – but that doesn’t mean it’s not there at all.
Like any wild animal, foxes aren’t all that accustomed to human interaction, unless they’ve been tamed. Although foxes will avoid people more often than not, if a fox is cornered and there’s no escape, they’re likely to resort to defending themselves.
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Trying to capture a fox on your property yourself presents this exact risk – of intimidating and fencing in a fox enough that it will attack. This doesn’t just pose the risk of injury, but it also risks infection. Remember that foxes are scavengers, and much of what they eat or bury their snouts in can make you sick if it gets into an open wound.
Again, this is where you should rely on professional wildlife control – on someone who has the training and experience to properly and humanely take care of foxes and other nuisance animals.
Contact Animal Remover for Wildlife Control
If you’re having issues with foxes, or any other nuisance or dangerous animals on your property – whether inside your home or outside, Animal Remover can help. We have a wealth of experience in the humane removal of different animals, and we take every step to ensure not just the safety of you and your family, but of the animals, too. Contact Animal Remover today.