How to protect yourself and your pets from foxes in Milton

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Published April 18, 2022 at 1:48 pm

Have you been seeing more foxes in Milton lately? If so, you’re not alone.

Residents of Milton often take to Reddit, Facebook groups and other social media platforms to post photos of fox sightings.

While these sightings can be alarming for some, it’s important to remember that they do not pose as much of a threat to residents or pets as coyotes do.

Springtime is denning season for red foxes, who often temporarily relocate to neighbourhoods in hopes of keeping their babies safe and away from coyotes.

This is why several residents may have noticed more red fox activity than usual, particularly on private property such as backyards, porches or sheds.

While pets and children should always be supervised and never left unattended in the presence of wild animals, it’s important to note that unless threatening a mother fox and her young, the risk of a fox attack is not likely.

While foxes are omnivores, they generally feed on small animals such as rodents, birds or earthworms along with berries and fruit.

Additionally, fox dens are usually temporary as mother foxes tend to relocate their families every so often in an attempt to keep them safe.

So, that being said, if you happen to notice a fox den on your property, here are a few ways you can safely deal with the situation.

Similar to coyotes, many foxes have adapted well to city life and will continue inhabiting urban areas where there is food, shelter and a limit of natural predators.

It’s important to remember that healthy foxes will generally not approach humans unless they are aware that they supply food. This is why it’s important to never feed them.

Additionally, to deter foxes from denning on your property, residents may enclose areas underneath patio decks and sheds and increase the use of their backyards since they will be less comfortable denning in areas with high human activity.

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