Foxes are subject to injury and illness year round.
- Never attempt to rescue an adult fox on your own. Unless they are too weak to protect themselves, it is better to call a wildlife rehabilitation facility or your local animal control for assistance.
Injuries or illness are usually one of the following:
- Vehicle collisions
- Caught in fencing
- Caught in traps/snares
- Poisoned (with internal injuries)
- Attacks by domestic animals
- Injuries from dealing with mange. Mange can either be caused by mites or the more alarming and deadly form caused by secondary rodenticide poisoning.
- Rabies – Foxes are shy by nature unless cornered. They can sometimes be seen during daylight hours and there is nothing to worry about. If they are aggressive for no reason, behaving erratically, or charge at you, remove yourself from the situation and call animal control immediately.
- From late March to May, it’s common to see cubs developing survival skills above ground during the day.
- Parents or relatives are usually nearby, watching. Or you may come across cubs waiting for their mother, as vixens move their litter one by one if they feel the earth (den) has been disturbed.
- If you disturb a fox den, do not attempt to rescue the cubs. The mother will return when you are not there and take care of the situation.
- However tempted you are, do not touch it; unless it is in danger, such as from a dog or cat. Very often people think fox cubs are abandoned because they do not see the parents. However, once the cubs are a few weeks old, the adults tend to lie up elsewhere and only return periodically to feed them. If the cubs appear in good condition and are playing, they are probably fine. So just keep an eye on them.
- Do not touch fox cubs unless they genuinely need help.
- If you find a fox cub on its own, if its eyes are open and it looks healthy, monitor from a good distance for several hours. Only intervene immediately if the cub is in immediate danger or the eyes are closed.
Fox cubs should only be taken into captivity as a last resort!!!
- Cubs taken into captivity must be handled as little as possible and it’s important to note the exact location where they were found.
- Please don’t try to rear a cub yourself! Besides the fact that it is illegal, they need expert care and are not cared for like dogs. Foxes used to humans do not survive well in the wild.