February 16th, 2011

The Wayward Home for Misfit Foxes

As I wait for winter to end, I spend a lot of time looking out the window, which overlooks a vast open space of farm fields, hedgerows, and distant bluish hills. It’s a daily occurrence to see wildlife of some kind traipsing through the fields: geese, deer, groundhogs, turkeys and foxes.

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I keep a camera handy just in case I see something good. I admit that I haven’t taken any pictures of groundhogs, and the deer are so common that I will hardly ever photograph them. But foxes are a different story. If the fox is close enough and if it’s light enough outside, I will almost always snap some shots of the fox.

Lately the foxes I’ve been seeing have been a little odd.

This one is missing all the fur on its tail.

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And this one has only three legs.

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As long as these foxes keep my garden free of little veggie-eating critters, I don’t care what their tails look like or how many legs that have. For more info on foxes, go here: organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/red-fox

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Comments

    We’ve had a fox with a tail like that too. And I’m with you – love to see foxes.

    Your environment sounds as magical as mine! I live on the edge of Evansburg State Park…beautiful article…Enjoy your ‘neighbors’!

    The fox you have in the first picture missing the fur on it’s tail is sick with mange. A crippling disease that causes the hair to fall out of the animal and eventually killing it. It is very easily spread especially when they have young ones and mom and dad a going in and out of the den.

    Adam, that’s what i thought, too. We’ve taken precautions with our pets and alerted township officials.

    Mange is such a sad, horrible condition which will eventually kill the fox, but it’s actually easy to treat by putting a medicine called Ivermectin in cat/dog food. This article gives more detail: http://foxwoodrehab.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/10/treating-sarcop.html

    That three-legged fox is probaby the victim of a leg hold trap. These traps are illegal in many countries, where they are considered inhumane – but not in the US. If you or your neighbors have dogs or cats that roam the outdoors, the sight of this fox, besides being sad in itself, could also mean your pets are in danger.

    I believe the fox without hair has mange.I have raised hunting dogs for over 40 years and use Ivermectin for dewormer.Be very careful what animals you give Ivermectin to and especialy give by weight,no puppies under 6 months old.
    Fox can’t be treated for rabies so I was told,so therefore my Brother gave up his pet fox resued from a den abandoned for what ever reason?

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