Sneaky and sly – foxes aren’t always on our side. Capable of extensive damage and destruction, the nocturnal canine can be found statewide. Tennessee has two distinct fox populations – the red and gray fox.
What is the difference between the red fox and gray fox?
Small and dog-like, the 8 – 15 pound mammal known as the red fox has long legs, an elongated muzzle, and a bushy white-tipped tail. As its name suggest, the red fox is covered in long, thick red-orange fur with black tips on the back of its ears. Their bellies, cheeks, and throat are white.
The red fox will inhabit a variety of habitats, but prefers the edge of forests and fields. They are also frequently found in urban locations. These omnivores primarily consume rabbits and small rodents, but will also eat birds, reptiles, insects, berries, and fruit.
Similar in size and stature, the gray fox weighs in between 8 – 15 pounds, and is covered in gray fur with black streaks. Their triangular erect ears are covered in reddish fur. A red coloration may also occur along the neck, side of the belly, legs, and under the tail.
The gray fox is often found on the edge of fields and woods, as it prefers more wooded habitat compared to the red fox. Like the red fox, the gray fox is considered omnivorous, and shares a similar small mammal and fruit diet.
What kind of threat do foxes pose?
Foxes are the most active during the early morning and early hours of darkness. They pose a serious threat to poultry farmers, as foxes will damage their pens and consume part of their flock. Foxes will also kill lambs, small pigs, and pets. It is often difficult to access damage from foxes, as they will bring their prey to their dens, and burry unconsumed pieces.
In addition to killing farm animals and pets, foxes pose a serious health threat, as they are known to carry rabies.
How do I protect against foxes?
There are several humane methods that can be used to protect against foxes. Exclusion is possible with net wire fences. You can also frighten foxes with flashing lights, but this is often a temporary solution. For a more permanent and humane exclusion solution, contact your local wildlife control. Ace offers a live trapping service, and will relocate the foxes found throughout your property. Unlike most companies, we don’t charge per animal.
If you’re in Middle Tennessee or southern Kentucky call for an estimate on live fox trapping. We service Nashville, Murfreesboro, Lewisburg, Russellville, and surrounding areas. Safeguard against foxes, and give Ace Wildlife Control a call today. You never know when a sleuthy fox might strike.