Around the Farm Friday: Red Fox

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Red Fox in Cow Pasture- Home in the Finger Lakes

Red Fox in the Cow Pasture

Red foxes prefer to hunt in the early morning hours before sunrise and late evening, they often hunt small mammals and rodents. We have had our fair share of dealings with foxes around the farm. This guy was spotted one early morning hunting alongside an old stone fence line in the cow pasture, while we were out checking calves.

I zoomed in quite a bit to get these pics.  I am always cautious around wild animals especially foxes. There have been reports of fox attacks on humans lately, like this one in Otego New York, most likely caused by a rabies infected fox.  When we do have issues, this is one area best left to the professionals. We  have a very good relationship with a great  nuisance wildlife guy to take care of any problem situations.

This Red Fox looked healthy and was behaving normally. He is actually very effective at controlling field mice populations .  Foxes aren’t dangerous to humans, except when they are rabid. Because he will never likely do any damage to crops or livestock, as long as he is healthy he is not an issue.

What are the signs of rabies in animals?

The first sign of rabies is usually a change in an animal’s behavior. It may become unusually aggressive or tame. The animal may lose its fear of people and natural enemies. A wild animal may appear affectionate and friendly. It may become excited or irritable and attack anything in its path. Staggering, convulsions, choking, frothing at the mouth and paralysis are sometimes seen. Many animals will make very unusual sounds. Infected animals usually die within one week after showing signs of rabies.

~CDC.gov

Red Fox in Cow Pasture- Home in the Finger Lakes
Red Fox in the Cow Pasture
Red Fox in Cow Pasture- Home in the Finger Lakes
Red Fox in Cow Pasture
Red Fox in Cow Pasture- Home in the Finger Lakes
Red Fox in Cow Pasture- Home in the Finger Lakes

2 COMMENTS

    • I know I am borderline paranoid about rabies! I always make sure the dogs are with the kids when they play outside. I can not even imagine having mountain lions, I remember reading about a biker who was pulled of his or her bike by one!

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