Get a live box trap,set it and when the fox is trapped inside,cover the box with a rug or blanket to keep it calm.Then take it to a patch of woods miles away,and set it free.
@Terri they will travel miles to get back to their den
call the SPCA or the zoo if there is one nearby.
Good luck with your new pet, Gary
Thank you for your suggestions!!!! I like the zoo idea!!
You need to contact the wildlife control people in your area. It is their job to trap and relocate any wild animal such as this. You risk rabies and bites if you attempt to trap and or relocate the animal. Zoos may help trap, but they will not take animal unless its hurt or injured. And then it is just to get it the help it needs and then to set it loose once again.
In my area the animal control folks do not relocate...but euthanize instead. When we heard of this we just let them be. Some others in my community will deter "dening" by the introduction of moth balls into the "den". Of course this is in violation of the products labeling and intended use.
Yea Kevin, they do things bit different in your neck of the woods, In our area our animal control folks do live trapping and then quarantine the animal before releasing elsewhere where they will not be harmed. Its funny when you think about it. You live in a wilderness where they kill and I live in a somewhat city environment where they keep them live and move them so they can come back again.
We did contact wildlife control, they said since we are in a residential area they could not help us. :(
The only answer is to draw it outside the garage and the block any entrance back inside. If you do it now it will locate a den for the winter
what about the forestry dept. they may relocate for you. if she has pups maybe you could wait a few months and then block it off she the pups can follow her into the woods for a new home.
My foxhounds get foxes out of our yard all the time. Just get a foxhound.
Mothballs repel most animals especially ones with a highly developed nose such as a fox. I have used it to repel raccoons from the trash and rabbits from the flower beds and garden. I also pick them up after period of time because they also repel me.
Whatever else you do, make sure there is no food source around for it. Keep your trash cans well covered and protected and don't throw food out for the birds either. My neighbour puts bacon out on his lawn to feed the birds and unfortunately it attracts foxes. We also have neighbours who keep chickens and I am sure they would be upset if they knew he does this as some have lost birds due to foxes. I agree don't shut it out of the garage if it is a female with little ones in there. They need their mum. If any of your neighbours have a dog perhaps you could borrow the dog and let it pee in the yard and near the garage. Perhaps the doggie smell would deter them???
Call your County Extension and ask them who they recommend to help==even in my VERY rural area we have wild life experts who will come and trap and re-locate. But foxes are highly attached to their areas often denning for generations. SO maybe trying to get it OUT of the garage is the best choice--they also probably had another den and were forced out. Foxes are smart and clever and worth preserving--and I say this as some one who HAS chickens and a barn with a fox den in it within sight.
Is there no way to secure your garage while the fox is out hunting? Fox urine reeks so that can't be a pleasant environment.
They have bottled liquids (that contain urine) of preditors of particular animals at some better nurseries and garden centers or on line. Look up what the preditor of a fox is and see if you can find the correct liquid. You would hang the open bottle(s) of it around the outside of the garage. Lure the fox out with some meat (small pieces leading away from the garage and close the garage door. Try playing loud music in the garage?
Set a live trap and when the fox is caught drive to the country and release it. Some animal shelters will rent or loan out live animal traps.
@Carol No, when you put an animal in another animals territory, the new one will be killed or driven out of the territory by the original one. Do you have a wildlfe rescue center near to you? They will take it.
Might try a dog catcher!
Here's a fun idea. Why don't you try to live trap it and relocate it? The trapping will not hurt it, but it will help you.
A customer of ours had a raccoon in Her attic and my husband watched it a couple of nights, to learn its habits, then while it was gone, he placed a radio up there, waited for the coon to return, and when it did, he turned the radio on at the breaker, to A very noisy radio station. The raccoon left in less than 10 minutes, he quickly sealed the spot where it was getting in, and the lady neither saw , nor heard any more scared noises from her attic.
I lie in the woods and have a mother fox with her den about 40 feet from the house. I enjoy watching the babies in the spring. Maybe provide her a shelter near the house so she and her babies will be warm and dry, that is all she is looking for.
1. Hire someone who specialies in fox trapping. Worth spending your money on it
2. Wildlife Removal Directory: http://www.wildlife-removal.com/
3. County animal control