A cub has been hanging around our end of the road for a couple of months, possibly abandoned as I haven't seen the big fox for a while, and the cub has got a bit bigger now but is scrawny. I have NEVER done anything to encourage it, I have 3 DC (7,5,2) and we've watched it through the window etc but neither chased nor encouraged it. Yesterday, i was on a work call, kids watching CBeebies educational documentaries and the fox xame right in the house - I saw it in the dining room so it'd come in the back door, into the kitchen and through. It was between me and the kids and I didn't want to scare it towards them and get trapped/defensive so I moved a bit, and it turned and SAUNTERED off, didn't even run It's clearly not scared of people at all, and i think it must have been after the cat food. Today, I'm in the back garden with 3 DCs and a friend of mine, and the BT man's inside drilling a bloody great hole through the wall and it walked past us and in again. I can't bear the thought of keeping all the doors shut all summer, the council website says they don't deal with foxes and all the web stuff implies it's my own fault for "encouraging it". There's no rubbish out, I've moved the cat food and barricaded shut the doors. Any advice or experience? <Mind the sight of the BT man perched on the garage roof SAS style with DS2s Supersoaker was almost worth it >
Do you mean like a half door/split door? that's a good idea but an expensive solution for one fox... but it's almost impossible to keep the doors shut with the DCs in and out all the time so i might have to try that. So annoying. My neighbours think it's cute but it's not been in theirs yet. thanks.
if you keep all food high out the way or safely in bins then you are not encouraging it. if you know the dc's are in and out all the time then you will have to be nearer the door, if possible to watch for it coming back. Try a whistle or a bottle filled with stones to get its attention and scare it away If it never gets any food it will try elsewhere so don't let the dc's drop scraps
They are supposed to not like the smell of Jeyes Fluid (which you can buy in Tesco). You can put a load of old teabags into some Jeyes Fluid then scatter them everywhere in the garden, around the approach to the house. I can't speak for whether it works, but it's supposed to. I feel for you - I think you need to get it sorted out. As upthread, some people do feed them. You really can't carry on with it coming into the house; if it gets upstairs, say, and feels trapped, it could turn nasty. I would ring the council and expect them to help you.
I have found out who's feeding it and a mutual friend is going to have a word with them . I like both suggestions about the whistle/stones and the Jeyes Fluid/teabags. I'm working from home tomorrow so it'll be quiet and it may be around again so I'll have the chance to scare it properly. Council categorically doesn't do foxes, RSPCA can help if it's trapped or injured.
Bumping with interest. We seem to have a fox hole at the end of our (not more than 30 foot) garden. And have seen a young scrwany fox sauntering around in the morning. Not in the least bit afraid of being seen. They seem to be much less afraid of people these days...