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The City of Royston has seen an increase in the fox population over the past year.  The fox is not uncommon to see coexisting in city urban populated areas of Georgia. According to the DNR, they even live in high dense population places of Atlanta and Gwinnett. However, it is becoming a more frequent spotting for us here in Royston.  Here are the FOX FAX(Facts).

 

  • There Two types of fox in the area: A gray fox has black-tipped tails, while red fox tails are white. In early spring a red fox may appear gray OR even to appear to have mange. This is typically just the shedding of the winter coat.
  • A fox is not dangerous to humans, except when they are rabid (which is very rare) or when they are captured and handled. Even then, a fox’s natural tendency is to flee.
  •  A fox cutting through your yard is probably just passing through on their way between hunting areas and no action is necessary on your part.
  • A fox may prey on small animals such as squirrels, rodents, rabbits, or chickens. They also may go prey on baby kittens.  So please don’t feed feral cats which encourages feral cats to stay around and breed thus producing baby kittens that attract the fox.
  • A Fox will also eat various fruits, but they usually do not bother garden vegetables.
  • Sometimes a fox is blamed for damage they did not cause, such as when they are spotted eating from spilled trash. Most cases it is a racoon, neighborhood dog or other animals responsible for the overturned trashcan.
  • A fox “screaming” at night. This is a mating call and sometimes it is used to communicate and warn of predators.
  • A female fox will create a den and stick around to birth her young also known as “Kits”

What about dogs? Most dogs are not at any risk of attack by a fox unless they have threatened its young “Kits’.

How can we get them to go away? The fox will easily scare away. So, stomp, clap, yell, bang pots or spray with a water hose.   If you feel a need for the fox family to move on sooner rather than later, mild harassment may encourage an earlier move. Here are a few humane harassment options once the “Kits” have emerged:

  • Loosely pack leaves, soil, or mulch in the den openings to disturb the residents.
  • Place urine-soaked kitty litter, a dirty sweat-soaked T-shirt near the den entrance
  • Spread capsicum-based granular repellent (such as Havahart's Critter Ridder) around the den entry.

 

What about Rabies? This will be rare. The fox only accounts for 7.2% of all rabies cases 

Spotting a fox during the daytime is NOT a sign of rabies.    Here are the key signs a fox will exhibit if infected:

  • Partial paralysis or the inability to use their limbs well.
  • Circling or staggering as if drunk.
  • Self-mutilation.
  • Acting aggressively for no reason.
  • Acting unnaturally tame


NEW CITY HALL HOURS BEGINNING JUNE 1, 2022 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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