General Information

  • The Gray fox is a Canid (related to dogs) but has many cat-like qualities.
  • It is the only American canid that can climb trees.
  • The Gray fox is primarily nocturnal but is also active at dawn and dusk. If food is scarce, they will hunt squirrels during daylight hours.
  • Dens are built in brushy or wooded regions and logs, trees, rocks, burrows, or abandoned dwellings serve as suitable den sites.
  • Dens are often used year round.
  • A baby fox is a kit and females will have 1 – 7 kits at a time.
  • The Gray fox is an omnivore (eats meat and plants), and is a solitary hunter.
  • Their diet consists of rabbits, small rodents, birds, insects, vegetation, seeds, and fruit.
  • Fruit is an important component of the diet.

Way to Discourage

  • It is unlikely that a fox will hunt a pet cat, but it is not recommended that cats be allowed outside to protect them from other predators and disease transmission.
  • If a fox is using your yard or garden as its territory, it needs to be disrupted to encourage it to leave.
  • Foxes do not like feeling confused, disrupted, or vulnerable.
  • It is important to determine where its entry point is to your yard and make that undesirable.
  • Ammonia and Citronella are two scents that fox don’t like.
  • They are also sensitive to noise, so a radio playing often helps.
  • To protect car wires from being chewed, the best defense is to wrap the section of the car that is vulnerable with a heavy tarp.
  • There are many commercial products on the market, but please be sure it does not contain harmful chemicals.