Coyote & Fox Removal and Control
Coyote and fox are usually classified as a pest species due to their predation habits. The most common complaints include the following:
For these reasons, many people wish to have these nuisance canines trapped and removed. Not all trappers provide this service, but some specialize in canine snaring and capture, as part of a predator abatement program.
- Coyotes preying on sheep
- Fox preying on chickens
- Coyote posing threat to pet
The Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)
is a fairly small canine, about 2.5 feet long and 8-14 pounds. It can vary in color, from orange to gray to silver or black. Females bear one litter of pups
per year, and the number of young and the time of year can vary quite a bit depending on latitude and conditions. Fox average a lifespan of three years, but can live up to twelve years in captivity.
The Coyote (Canis latrans)
is about three feet long and 20-40 pounds. They are primarily grayish-brown. They breed once a year, in late winter or early spring, and produce a litter of young
that can vary widely in number. They can live up to ten years in the wild, or twenty in captivity.
FOX & COYOTE BEHAVIOR:
Fox are solitary animals. They live in dens. They establish a home territory, on which they hunt. They primarily eat rodents such as field mice or cottontail rabbits. Coyotes are similar, but they sometimes eat
larger prey. They will eat a wide variety of foods, and will often scavenge. Coyotes are very adaptable, and will often live in urban areas. Both are mostly nocturnal.
Fox are known for raiding chicken coops and killing poultry. Other than that, they're relatively harmless. They're mostly shy and secretive animals. Same for Coyotes, although they can kill larger prey.
FOX & COYOTE DISEASES:
Both can carry rabies, just like any canine. Beware of any wild animal that displays unusual behavior, such as lack of fear, inconsistent walking, etc.
HOW DO I GET RID OF FOX & COYOTES?
The best method is trapping and removal. Many wildlife control specialists excel at canine trapping. In many areas, it's a lost art, since not as many people fur trap as in ye olde days. However, many nuisance trappers
have learned to adopt the fur trappers' techniques in order to catch these animals. Some wildlife operators are in fact former (or even current) fur trappers. There are many techniques, some of which I consider inhumane,
and some of which are antiquated. For more information, read my how to catch a fox
CAN'T I JUST USE A REPELLENT?
There is no known effective repellent or deterrent device to keep fox or coyote off of a property.
Click here for a nationwide list of 100's of professional coyote trappers serving all 50 states.
Coyote Email From Reader:
Hi, I, my children and neighbors have seen what appears to be coyotes in Country Club Hills. Upon talking to the Country Club Hills police
about the problem, they were very dismissive about it saying that the animals are just looking for food. That may very well be the case, but if there are leash laws, are
there also laws regards animals running wild? Is there anything that your organization can do to solve this problem? Thank you for your consideration. Veronica
I don't think leash laws pertain to coyotes. Anyway, coyotes won't attack and eat your children in the night. But if the animals concern you, you can hire a professional trapper of of my wildlife removal directory.
Coyote Email From Reader:
I need some suggestions on how to get rid of red foxes living under a building. Trapping is not an option. I have talked to a Wildlife
Group in this area and they recommended fox urine. This was applied to tennis balls and rolled under the building where the foxes are living. It has been a week and
they still haven't moved out. Do you have any other recommendations? Thank you, Martha
You can try fox urine, and if that doesn't work, just hire a trapper off of my directory.
I have now divided this page into two pages, one for fox, and one for coyote. Here is a list of the new pages:
how to catch a fox
how to kill a fox
how to get rid of a fox
fox under a shed, deck, or house
how to trap a fox - trapping tips
are fox dangerous to people or pets?
fox repellent and prevention
coyote trapping tips - how to trap a coyote
how to catch a coyote
how to kill a coyote