Foxes

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Fox Information

Foxes are known for their intelligence and their fierce loyalty to their young. However, these creatures can pose a problem to your small household pets if they are left outside. If you have noticed the signs of a fox on your property, whether in the form of footprints or droppings, it is time to call the experts at Trutech to take care of it. Attempting to trap a fox on your own can be dangerous and you risk hurting yourself and the animal if you attempt to do so.

Frequently Asked Questions

Fox droppings are often confused with cat or dog droppings because they have the same tubular shape and dark color. A few qualities can distinguish the droppings of wild animals from those left by pets.

Appearance
Foxes and other pests have more nuts, berries, and animals in their diets than house pets. As a result, their scat often contains undigested bones, hair, and seeds.

Odor
While they generally don’t smell as unpleasant as dog feces, fox droppings have a distinctive, musky scent.

Foxes tend to be secretive and shy around humans, so noticing their tracks is more likely than spotting these pests. Fox prints typically show four toes and one triangular foot pad. Sometimes dots are visible directly in front of the toes, indicating where claws sank into the ground.

Dog, coyote, and wolf tracks have the same basic shape as those left by foxes, so size is the main identifying factor. The length of fox prints ranges from one and a half to two and a half inches, with a width of about two inches.

Foxes sometimes walk in what is called a direct register trot. This means their hind feet land on the print made by the front feet. When traveling at a full gallop, the animals leave four distinct prints. This is especially common with fox tracks in snow, as the pests like to bound through deep drifts.