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    A couple months ago I was shoveling snow off the driveway, and a fox came out from under the evergreen next to my house. It sat in the front yard for a few minutes watching me shovel snow, then trotted off across the road. I was wondering if there is something I could do to provide a better shelter for the fox to encourage it to hang around and catch the rabbits and mice?
    Last edited by Tom Wesenberg; 01-13-2018, 07:48 PM.

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    Tom, I have a den for foxes but I think maybe you would wanted info on the other type.

    http://animals.mom.me/foxs-shelter-11281.html
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Apple Green Wheels Rule View Post
      Tom, I have a den for foxes but I think maybe you would wanted info on the other type.
      So what happens when your den of foxes has a playboy bunny walk in?

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      • JDupuis
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        You hear the "wolf Whistles" !!!! Lol. Jeff

    • #4
      Originally posted by Tom Wesenberg View Post

      So what happens when your den of foxes has a playboy bunny walk in?
      They switch costumes!!!!!!!!
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      • #5
        Thank you Tom for considering the wild life. I have a ferral (wild) cat in our neighbourhood that I've been leaving food for the past week with the extreme cold we've had. I put out a box with a blanket for shelter, he won't sleep there, but is certainly eating all the food.
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        • Big hammer
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          Don’t forget to give them some liquid water ! Feeding some outside cats and if they are eating and then given water they stop eating and then start drinking before the water freezes

        • JDupuis
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          Thanks Big Hammer. There is water available. Note well taken. Jeff

      • #6
        I do about the same for the fox I have living in a den on the stream bank behind the house. He/she gets all my table scraps every evening. If I put them out before dark, the crows and neighborhood red hawk carry the meat away so I wait until they are not flying which is dusk.

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        • #7
          Tom, if you have lots of critters he will be there to eat them. I have the opposite problem. Raccoons, Fox, possum and skunk all try to get after my chickens. I have a solar metal coop door with a photo-sensor so it closes at sundown and opens at sunup. For some reason they are not going in the coop at night so I have to catch each one and put them in the run. I've looked for snakes wintering in coop but they are none. If they sleep outdoors there is zero chance of survival. I live trap animals and take them miles away but there is always another to take there place.

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          • #8
            We have foxes behind our house in the little wooded / detention basin area. You can see them during the day time also. i thought they we're full time night animals. hmm The same with the deer they are out during the daytime also. This past summer i saw a fox in the back yard carrying a huge ground hog by the neck to the den.
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            • #9
              Originally posted by Mitch View Post
              We have foxes behind our house in the little wooded / detention basin area. You can see them during the day time also. i thought they we're full time night animals. hmm The same with the deer they are out during the daytime also. This past summer i saw a fox in the back yard carrying a huge ground hog by the neck to the den.
              Mitch,
              May I borrow your fox for a few months? I am overrun with groundhogs. I think Beauford is trapping them and dropping them here. (Just kidding Beauford).

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              • DaWizard
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                If you wish to rid yourself of the under ground vermin, I have a simple solution.

                Place a garden hose in the tailpipe of your Model A, slip the other end into one of the vermin holes and start the car and go around closing any other holes you find, leaving the one furthest from the car open. Leave it idle for half hour or so, and then shut the engine off, and fill in the 2 remaining holes.

                What this will do is replace the air in the tunnels with carbon monoxide and suffocate them returning their little bodies to the earth as mulch.

              • Ted Duke
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                might try that

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              Coyotes
              Foxes
              Possums
              Skunks
              Bobcats
              Deer
              Coons
              Water Moccasins
              Copperheads
              Owls
              Hawks
              Buzzards
              Eagles
              Turkeys
              Ducks
              Idiots
              Bigfoots

              A regular game preserve is where I live...............some others .
              Last edited by Apple Green Wheels Rule; 01-14-2018, 10:43 AM.
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                filedata/fetch?id=52348&d=1554137330&type=thumb Feeding the wild cat again today.
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                • #12
                  Old type car flares, dropped in a tunnel & covered with dirt, does a great job!

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                  • Ted Duke
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                    NOT under my 175 year old barn!

                • #13
                  Originally posted by Ted Duke View Post
                  might try that
                  In the 70's I had gophers in my front yard, so I poured some gas down the hole and lit it, then ran to the other hole and waited for the gopher to come out. After several seconds, it didn't come out, so I poured gas down that hole, not thinking about the fumes reaching the flame on the other hole. Just as the fire shot up from the second hole, I looked over and saw the gopher escape from a third hole.

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                  • Mitch
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                  Originally posted by Tom Wesenberg View Post

                  In the 70's I had gophers in my front yard, so I poured some gas down the hole and lit it, then ran to the other hole and waited for the gopher to come out. After several seconds, it didn't come out, so I poured gas down that hole, not thinking about the fumes reaching the flame on the other hole. Just as the fire shot up from the second hole, I looked over and saw the gopher escape from a third hole.
                  Tom, years ago while working a ranch in Montana, I had to haul water out to the outline pastures and fill up the troughs twice a day sometimes. If it was a slow day and that's all I had to do, I'd take a out a tank full just for target practice. The ranch was over grown with gophers and prairie dogs. They did a lot of damage to the pastures and their holes were dangerous to the cattle and horses especially during round-up time for branding.

                  I go out with a rifle, back the water truck up to a hole, lift the bed a ways, put the hose in a hole, park my butt up on the edge of the bed and turn the spigot on. They came out in all directions, it was like a shooting gallery. But one day I put the hose down a badger hole thinking it was a prairie dog hole. When I saw what came out, I just made it to the cab and got the door shut. Those are one mean critter. I drove off and he chased me a good 150 feet before he went back. But, that's not the end of the story. I went back a couple of days later in the cab enclosed tractor and plowed up one entrance and then waited for him to come out the other entrance............

                  End of story.

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                    • #16
                      Great photos, AGWR: Reminds me of the farm.
                      I used to own an Apolusa horse as well. Great barrel racing horse. Thanks for the memory. Jeff
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                      • #17
                        Originally posted by JDupuis View Post
                        Great photos, AGWR: Reminds me of the farm.
                        I used to own an Apolusa horse as well. Great barrel racing horse. Thanks for the memory. Jeff
                        Skip's sire was a roper and his mom was a cutter so he was great cattle horse. When I left Montana for the 1st Gulf War I sold him to a Crow Indian from the Hardin Mt, the Crow Indian Reservation. Now there is some lady memories!!!!!
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                        • #18
                          When I was a kid a few years back, :rolling.....I'd get some smoke bombs from the Farmer's Supply and use them to smoke out groundhogs and foxes. See back then, Bill will confirm, he's almost as old as I am, Foxes were varmints, dens were a breeding ground for future chicken house thieves so they had a $2.00 bounty on fox ears and....groundhogs had a .35 cent bounty of their scalps. So that money was ammo money to git food on da table, meaning squirrels, wabbits and quail. Loved the quail....mighty fine eatin!!! There was a bounty of $5.00 bucks each for a muskrat too but that bounty didn't come from the state, came from the landowner who had a pond.
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                          • #19
                            Since FURS are not profitable, in S.E. Oklahoma, Raccoons have taken over gardens, fruit trees, etc--Folks shoot them just for SPORT!

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                            • #20
                              I'm still feeding the same ferral cat from last winter.
                              We named him Mike Wazoski
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                              • Mitch
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                                Ship his ass to Florida

                              • DaWizard
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                                LOL, someone has been watching Monster Inc. with the kidlets!

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                              Mike and Adeline today.
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                              • #22
                                It was a tough winter for Mike.
                                He lost part of his right ear. Not sure if it was frostbite, or fighting with another animal.
                                He is content to sit and eat on the front porch, and not be frightened by us looking through the window.
                                Jeff
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                                • #23
                                  My neighbor across the road and up the hill has a cat that was in my driveway. His wife stopped her car and yelled at it to go home. And, it took her a present.
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                                  • #24
                                    In my barn, snakes must be on vacation this winter

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                                    • #25
                                      I wish he/she would catch groundhogs

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