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Foxes may be cute, but they are not a wild animal you want living near your Waldorf, MD home. Although the perception is that foxes only live in rural areas, the truth is that it is very common to find them in suburban and even urban environments. Knowing how to identify a fox is important. Once you know for sure that a fox is living near your home, you can take the correct steps to remove it safely.
Two foxes can be found in Maryland: the red fox and gray fox. As their name would suggest, their coloring is quite different. Red foxes will have a reddish color, while gray foxes will be gray. There are other differences as well. For example, the red fox grows to between 36-40 inches long and can weigh 10-15 pounds. The gray fox, on the other hand, has a wider range of lengths but is lighter overall. It can grow from 32-45 inches long and weigh 7-13 pounds.
Red foxes and gray foxes also prefer to live in slightly different locations. If you find a burrow in the ground, it is likely for a red fox. Gray foxes prefer to nest in hollow trees or brush piles.
Although there are differences, there are similarities between the red fox and gray fox. All foxes look similar to small dogs. They have a bushy tail and pointed noses and ears. They also make similar sounds. Foxes can actually be quite loud. They make a variety of calls, from barks and screams to hiccups.
Coyotes also make a variety of vocalizations, which is one of the reasons these two animals are mistaken for one another. But, the identification techniques will tell you if you have a coyote or fox living near your Waldorf home.
Foxes are carnivores, they prefer meat. However, they are not that picky about the meat they eat. Rabbits, mice, insects, reptiles, the list goes on. Some foxes will eat fruit, but vegetables are probably out of the question. Foxes also famously like to hunt chickens and other poultry. Fox in the henhouse is a saying for a reason.
Because of the fox's varied diet, if you have a ready food source of any kind, your home will become very attractive. If your yard has a water source as well, that only makes it more attractive.
A final reason that you may have foxes is that you have woods on your property or an overgrown yard. Foxes are quite shy. So, if there are places for them to take shelter and hide, they will be happy.
Foxes are very intelligent animals. Their antics are quite entertaining. But, you don't want them in your Waldorf yard. While they are not harmful to humans, unless they feel cornered, they can hurt small pets. If you have chickens or poultry, you will need to be especially wary of foxes. They have even been known to dig up gardens in search of insects.
In addition to their eating habits, you don't want foxes around because they dig. Red fox burrows are made in the ground, which can destroy a yard. Even gray foxes will dig for food. If you like your yard pristine, you will need to get rid of your fox problem immediately.
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