Do Foxes Nest On Residential Properties? Are They Dangerous To Humans Or Animals?
There exists numerous wildlife species that can inflict damage to properties and cause a nuisance for homeowners, but very few urban wildlife pests pose a threat to human safety. However, foxes are known for nesting near or beneath structures in yards where they are likely to become threatened by approaching humans, which may lead to an attack. Pennsylvania is home to the grey and red fox, and both of these species often invade residential properties where they inflict economic damage and cause a number of nuisance issues, such as upsetting garbage bins and trashing yards, damaging lawns and gardens, making loud nesting and scavenging sounds during the late night and early morning hours, and they have been known to attack humans in rare circumstances. Last year, residents of Midtown Township were terrorized by several red and grey foxes that repeatedly raided properties where they would sometimes establish shelters below decks, sheds, houses, and crawl spaces. The fox intruders also frequently chased both dogs and cats around the neighborhood, causing residents to fear for their pets’ safety.
Red foxes are easily recognizable for their red fur coats and bushy white-tipped tails, and although this mammalian species is adorable to look at, feeding and interacting with foxes will motivate them to invade properties and demand human food sources, sometimes violently. Last year pest control professionals, animal control officers, and the local police received a massive amount of complaints about nuisance fox issues on residential properties in Midtown Township. A number of foxes in the city made a habit out of chasing old dogs and cats through several neighborhoods, and they frequently established shelters below decks and beneath other structures. Grey foxes were also reported as climbing trees and climbing on roofs in certain areas of the city.
The red and grey fox are both nocturnal and during the early summer season they can often be seen exploring urban areas right at the start of dusk until sunrise, but foxes are occasionally seen during the day as well. It is important to remain outdoors with a dog by your side when encountering foxes on your property, and do not return indoors until the fox/es leave.
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