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hazel 12-31-2020 12:44 PM

I think I have a fox in my garden
I haven't seen him, but I hear him calling every evening after dusk, and sometimes in the early morning too. This isn't the vixen's mating scream which you often hear at this time of year. It's a rhythmic, high-pitched triple bark that sounds more like a bird of prey than a mammal.

I guessed it was probably a fox because they are very common hereabouts, so I just googled "fox bark" and found a video that includes the sound. It's a contact call apparently.

JSB 12-31-2020 01:50 PM

I sometimes also see foxes in the garden behind house. It eats trash and barks like dog, but more scary. Foxes are not fear humans in my town.

sevendogsbsd 12-31-2020 02:33 PM

What color? We have grey foxes here in Texas; they are beautiful.

teckk 12-31-2020 02:36 PM

You must have a bunch of them. I hear them in the background on a lot of British drama's. Dalziel and Pacscoe, Endeavour, Vera, Father Brown, Grantchester etc.

sgosnell 12-31-2020 03:53 PM

Or else it's a few recordings that get reused. Sound effects on TV dramas are generally tightly controlled, and if you hear foxes, it's because the writers want you to.

rtmistler 12-31-2020 05:31 PM

Besides seeing one hiss at dogs when it was cornered, I never knew a fox would make any significant noise.

I think we have the normal ones for our location, red or brown tail, typically I only see them with a turkey in their mouth. Kinda oddball, the fox is sort of a skinny cat, and a turkey is anywhere from the size of a dodge ball, to the size of small exercise ball. But usually it's dark and they're crossing the road up ahead and they speed up as soon as they detect a car approaching.

frankbell 12-31-2020 09:02 PM

We have them all over our area, but we seldom see them.

I saw one during the middle of the day on my quiet suburban street back over a decade ago when I lived in Delaware. I thought it unusual enough that I called Animal Control on the off-chance it might be rabid. The lady who answered the phone told me that it likely was not, but rather that foxes in suburbia had gotten so used to humans that they were being seen more and more often in the daytime.

hazel 01-01-2021 06:41 AM

Maybe Virginia foxes are shyer. The Harrow foxes are often about in broad daylight, even in the town centre. They live on garbage and takeaways and are afraid of no one. I remember walking my dog one night and a fox was mincing along behind us, just for the amusement of driving the dog crazy. He knew that a dog on a lead was no threat to him.

@sevendogsbsd: I think the grey fox is a different species. Wikipedia describes them as quite a primitive canid, not really a fox at all.

HappyTux 01-01-2021 08:47 PM

Seen a red one on the side of the highway today as I was going to visit a friend, normally never see them but it was out and about in the middle of the day.

fatmac 01-02-2021 06:22 AM

I used to get them in my garden, wait until May/June time, you may get visited by the years cubs, they like to play in gardens, jumping over bushes & running through hedges, tussling with their siblings, playing with childrens toys that they have found, etc.

hazel 01-02-2021 06:31 AM

Lucky you! I've never seen any cubs.

TorC 01-02-2021 08:01 AM

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Foxes are omnivores. This means that they eat meat and vegetation. A fox's diet can consist of small animals, such as lizards, voles, rats, mice, rabbits and hares. . . .


Fox babies are called pups. During mating season, the female will cry out to let males know that she is ready. After mating, females will make a nest of leaves inside her burrow on which to have her pups. This special room in the burrow is called a nesting chamber.
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Pups. Forgive me, but the Biologist in me cringes!

Here's one from locally
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hazel 01-02-2021 08:21 AM

In the UK, they've always been called cubs. The same as with wolves. Remember how in Kipling's Jungle Book, Mowgli is called "man-cub", not "man-pup". Which I suppose is a bit odd when you consider that wolves and dogs are practically the same species. We use pup for young seals.

Also urban foxes don't have access to lizards or voles, so they eat garbage and scraps. Rats and mice too, probably!

AnanthaP 01-02-2021 09:36 AM


I think I have a fox in my garden
As the fox forages for food, it may come to your doorstep. Is that a possible danger to you? If so, be ruthless. Call and get it removed to somewhere where it is also safer.

hazel 01-02-2021 10:45 AM

I don't mind it on the doorstep but I have no plans whatever to feed it. Wild animals should stay wild.

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