RALEIGH, N.C. (June 23, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding residents that foxes sighted in urban and suburban settings are not necessarily rabid or dangerous, and that residents can take a few simple steps to avoid conflict with these animals.
Simply seeing a fox is not a cause for alarm. Catching a glimpse of one can actually be a rewarding experience in that it provides an opportunity to witness one of North Carolina’s most adaptable species. However, people still should not approach foxes or fox dens, even if they seem harmless. If the fox makes a den for pups, do not disturb them. Do not approach, touch or feed the fox or its pups.
In most cases, citizens that merely see a fox do not need to take any action. However, action could be necessary in situations where foxes have become habituated to people. In those cases, people can and should take steps, such as yelling, banging pots and pans and setting off legal fireworks, to chase foxes from yards and neighborhoods. Be aggressive and repeat these actions if the foxes do not leave.
In order to prevent problems with any type of wildlife:
For additional information, download “Coexisting with Foxes” from www.ncwildlife.org.
If the above solutions fail to remedy the problem, visit www.ncwildlife.org and visit Nuisance Wildlife for additional information or to contact the Commission.