Critter problem.

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  1. Filhar

    Filhar

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    View attachment 449712 FB_IMG_1536859782010.jpg I've got what looks to be a fox living under my pool deck.Police showed up today. Neighbor behind me (we have one acre lots in this Township subdivision) called them. He came out and told Police he's been watching it for a couple weeks come up on the deck and look in my door. He never told me. Police said they can't do anything and because of local ordinance, I can't shoot it. DNR says they won't do anything except give me the number of a trapper. That's about $250. I'm looking for a trap now. DNR says to take it out in the woods and shoot it. I'd rather release it. Hate living in town with nosy neighbors.
     
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    Man...that's one sad looking fox for sure. Never saw one with a skinnny tail lke that. Kind of cute in a way, but worried it could be sick...be careful and good luck with your little critter. If it was me, I'd feed him and sic him on the local red squirrels.
     
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  3. Dr. Bill

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    We've got foxes living in our vicinity. They pretty much keep to themselves, unless you're trying to raise chickens.

    Yours is a cute little guy. Everything's cute when it's little. :cowboy:
     
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    Aaaa poor guy. Hope he is healthy but something just doesn't look right!




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  5. Filhar

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    received_286820685443096.jpeg I'd rather not have him around because I raise these guys.
     
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    We've got foxes too. Only ever see them at night and they don't usually make themselves comfortable that close to a home. I'm also thinking that he may be sick.
     
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    Dat Fox don't look right...Chupacabra

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  8. Adjuster

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    Ewok?



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  9. Finestkind

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    I was thinking he may be sick also. Trap it and take it to a vet. Then release it a long way from home. We have them also. The younger ones like to run the fence with our dogs. There was a red fox and a grey fox. We trapped the grey one and released him a ways from the house. Still see the red one but he keeps his distance for now.

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    Collect your pee in a gallon container for a week and then pour it around where you think he lives. I've been told the scent freaks them out but with one so brave....I don't know.
     
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    Along with the others i say catch and release somewhere more rural.We have a fox living behind our home also.I put out squirrels the cat kills and we see him on the game camera taking them away. Foxes are great at keeping the rodent population down so i give ours a pass.
     
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    Way ahead of you, been doing it for years.


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    That looks like a larger version of my wife's Chinese Crested. Nasty little dog.
     
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    It's enough like a dog (or vice a versa) that I get all soft hearted... Definitely needs help.. If you do catch it, either the vet or the quick and painless...Did you try Fish and Wildlife? They might catch it and put it down... Hate seeing critters suffer... This time of year, it's surely loaded with fleas, ticks, and worms.. Tail looks like mange.
     
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    +1 on the mange
    he does appear to have lost fur around his face/tail area combined with his overall gauntness
     
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    Since shooting was a possibility you (OP) mentioned, I'll go ahead and suggest poison.
    I think using a cage trap is going to be difficult: foxes are shy and sly, and very unlikely to walk into a cage trap. Leg-hold traps are usually effective: perhaps you can contact a local trapper to come remove it for you?

    As far as poison goes, fly bait + coke is lethal and fast-acting, but I'm not sure how foxes like it (coons love it). If you have pets you will definitely not want them to get near the stuff. If the fox takes it, chances are you'll find it just a few yards from where you set it out. Remember to secure your own pets before putting the dish out.
     
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    I have had wild foxes living in my subdivision for 20+ years. I enjoy the occasional sighting or hearing them bark. It is sad to see young creatures die, but I would let nature take it's course. I saw a couple kits like that a few years ago. One ended up as road kill in my ditch. I assume something went wrong, like the mother died or abandoned them too soon.
     
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    I am desperately trying to think of some witty remark to go along with this....
     
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    Your cat looks kinda fat.
     
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    A suppressed .22 can take care of a lot of pesky critter issues.

    Trust me. :whistling:

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