Is this fox hunting?

  I have seem him here a few times.  This time I got a picture.  It runs the air ducts and pipe hangers where there are BIRDS.  Is that what it's doing, hunting birds?

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NachoMahma7 years ago
.  As with most (if not all) canids, foxes are either sleeping or hunting. Yeah, it's more complicated than that, but you get the idea.
.  PS: Do not try to befriend the fox. They are not small dogs, they are wild animals with dangerous dentition. It will turn out badly for everyone involved.
onrust (author)  NachoMahma7 years ago
Oh!  I may need to quit feeding it  my tuna fish.
.  That can lead the fox to be less fearful of humans. The next human may not be so nice.
.  If the fox decides it needs to defend the food you have given it, you may get bitten. Animal Control will probably kill the "vicious" fox and you might be looking at rabies treatments.
good point. our neighborhood at large is for the most part "friends of the wild ones" but I do remember nearly getting into a very viscous fight with a former neighbor who I found was shooting squirrels and thought of all of them (squirrels coons, possums, you name it) as vermin. needless to say, he left and I'm still here, protecting my little bastion of forestude as I've been doing for over forty years...

<<lives on the last rural street in our 100 year old very urban suburb.
Lol, my mom's been feeding the raccoons and possums that live in our area for the last 40 years, but she lives in an inner ring suburb, so it's not like they have much in the way of "wilderness" from which to feed themselves.

Just be careful and realize that the fox is a wild animal. And if you actually live in the country, then maybe not such a good idea, as it takes them away from their natural environment.

And don't try to pet the darned thing...As NachoMahma said, these cat relatives can leave a nasty wound.

I've successfully petted a few of  "my" friendlier squirrels over the years (i love my squirrels..call me a retard I don't care), and in lean times I'll go out of my way and buy corn and sunflower seeds for them, as well as putting out basins of water when we have droughts, but in general I believe it's much better to force them to fend for themselves when times aren't bad (we had a serious shortage of fruit and nuts last years for instance, so I fed them) than to turn them into wild pets.
randomhand7 years ago
i would say eating the eggs, if there are enough nests
Burf7 years ago
Probably. Looking for birds, chicks and eggs, maybe a mouse or two if they're there to be had. Foxes are opportunistic, they'll eat just about anything they can catch and kill.