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Red Foxes

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Class: Mammal
Color: Red, white, black, silver and other variations
Size: Head to body, 18 inches to 33.75 inches; tails 13 inches to 21 inches
Distinctive feature: White tip on end of tail
Diet: Rodents, birds (especially poultry), fruits, vegetables
Predators: Wolves, coyotes, eagles, mountain lions
Interesting Fact: Variations in genetic patterns have produced over 80 different fur colors for red foxes.

Red Foxes Could Be Moving into Your Neighborhood

The red fox used to live primarily in rural areas, but like some other wildlife critters they started moving into the urban and suburban neighborhoods of Baltimore, MD. One of the reasons is the easy availability of food in these new areas. They have plenty to choose from, since red foxes aren’t picky eaters—they consume a varied diet that includes small rodents, game birds, poultry, eggs, fruits and vegetables and even pet cats at times.

Fast Fox Facts

A red fox weighs anywhere from 6.5 to 24 pounds. Red foxes have a variety of fur colors, but the classic red fox has these physical characteristics:

  • Rusty red on front of face, upper neck and upper parts of limbs
  • Black paws
  • Brownish-red tail on top, with underside a pale grey or straw-color
  • Black spot at base of tail and white tail tip
  • Forepaws with five digits, hind feet with four

Red foxes are athletic—they can jump over a fence more than six feet high, and they’re good swimmers as well. Although they’re most active in early morning and late evening, it’s not unusual to catch a glimpse of a red fox in Maryland during the daylight hours.

Foxes live alone or in small groups. Females have their pups in the spring. The average litter size is 4 to 5 pups, but occasionally that number can go up to 12 or 13.

Like many species of wildlife in Maryland, the red fox can carry rabies. But unless they are sick, foxes are not usually aggressive towards humans. They will raid poultry houses, dig in gardens and search through trash cans looking for food.

What Does the Fox Say?

Have you ever been awakened at night by the cry of a mating fox? It sounds like someone screaming. Researchers have identified at least 12 different sounds that adult foxes make, including yowls, barks and growls. They also use their tails to communicate with other foxes.

4 Tips to Prevent Red Foxes from Entering Your Yard

  • Installing high fencing
  • Keeping compost covered
  • Protecting chicken coops with a fence that has steel mesh wired buried in the ground
  • Removing any sources of food (such as dog food) that could be attracting them

At Brody Brothers, our team of experts specializes in the safest techniques of wildlife removal in Baltimore. We are happy to offer you advice and assistance if you’re having a problem with red foxes in your yard. Give us a call at 443-379-8857.


Are other wildlife critters visiting your home or business? Check out our Wildlife Removal Services in Baltimore to see other animals we commonly deal with in Maryland.

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