While Louisiana foxes are adorable, they are still wild animals. It is always best that you use the most caution when approaching any type of wild animal. While they may look cuddly and sweet, foxes—like most wild animals—will attack if they are forced into a corner or feel threatened.
If you happen to find that a Lafayette fox has been on your property, you should probably call a wildlife expert to have someone assess the situation. Here are a few random facts that might put your mind at ease if you are concerned about your beloved pets. In most circumstances, foxes will try to avoid most domestic animals. While they have a curious and playful nature, they are still shy.
Lafayette foxes are omnivores. This means that their diet consists of not only things like nuts, berries, and other wild plants, but it will also consist of grubs and smaller animals such as mice, rats, and rabbits. While foxes might not be a threat to your dog or cat, they can still be a threat to other smaller animals on your property.
Have you ever heard the phrase Louisiana fox in the hen house? This is a term that was coined after wily foxes managed to find their way into a hen house and proceed to eat all the chickens. The same goes for other small animals on your farm.
Louisiana foxes are expert diggers. There are methods you can use to keep them out, such as a fence, however, when putting up a fence to keep the foxes off your property, you'll need to bury the bottom of it, or they will merely dig beneath it.
While Lafayette foxes don't pose a huge physical threat to your pets, they can create other problems. Just like dogs and cats, foxes can contain parasites in their scat. These pests—such as roundworms—can then be transferred to your pet and even your children. Parasites aren't the only bug you have to worry about when encountering foxes. Because they have thick fur, they can also carry other parasites such as fleas, ticks, lice, and mice.
There have been cases in which some Louisiana foxes have been found rabid. However, these cases are rare and few and far between. A few ways to assure your pet's safety is to make sure they are inside at night. If you want to avoid foxes in your yard, keep all sources of food put in a place they can't reach. They are excellent climbers and have been known to sleep in trees. Remember that if you try to put the pet food on a shelf. You can always call your local animal care specialist. They can come place live traps and then safely relocate the animal.
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