Foxes are intelligent creatures that can cause damage to your property. One method of removing a fox from your property is using a live trap to catch and release the animal. Live trapping is a safe and effective way to keep animals away from your home.
If you want to trap a nuisance fox with a live trap, read this guide for instructions and product recommendations.
Before using a live trap, you need to make sure that the wild animal you are dealing with is a fox. This will ensure that you are using the correct bait and strategies.
Foxes are generally 32 to 50 inches long, including their bushy tail. They normally weigh between 7 and 15 pounds and are intelligent animals. These animals resemble a dog and they can be either red or gray in color. They are most active during dawn and dusk and are predators. They mainly feed on small creatures, as well as fruits and vegetables.
Use the image and description above to confirm that you are dealing with a fox on your property.
Once you’ve confirmed that your pest animal is a fox, proceed with an inspection to determine the areas where the fox is most active. This is where you will place your live trap.
Where to Inspect
You want to pick areas that have high activity from foxes. These animals are most likely searching your property for food. Areas where trash is stored, as well as any vegetation, will most likely be spots where foxes are most active. If your property is near a wooded area or a body of water, foxes might be near these areas as well.
What to Look For
There are certain signs that signal fox activity, such as fox dens, damaged gardens, stolen eggs from chicken coops, strong-scented urine, and fox tracks. These tracks will look like dog tracks, with four toes and claws on each paw.
Now that you’ve identified your pest animal as a fox and taken note of areas where it is most active, you can use your live trap. Be sure to wear gloves when handling the trap to prevent leaving your scent. If a fox picks up a human scent on the trap, it will avoid the fox trap, which will make it ineffective.
Step 1 – Remove Food Sources
You want the fox to enter the live trap with the help of bait. Because of this, competing food sources need to be removed. Keep your trash sealed in trash bags and stored in trash bins with a lid to keep it closed. Any pet food or bowls of water should be placed inside as soon as possible as well.
Step 2 – Place the Trap
By now, you should have taken note of areas with high fox activity. These areas are where you will put your trap. Be sure to place your trap on an even surface. A fox might push or knock over the trap in order to reach the bait inside. Place a brick or weight on top of the trap to avoid this.
Step 3 – Bait and Set the Fox Trap
Using the proper bait will increase your chances of catching a fox. These animals prefer eggs or raw meat. The bait should be placed near the back of the trap. This ensures that the fox will need to step on the trigger plate in order to reach the food.
You will then set your trap by pushing on the door lock and lifting the door plate. Keep the door plate lifted while pulling the trigger arm forward to set it. You will know it is set when the trigger arm’s hook catches the door.
Step 4 – Monitor the Trap
You will need to check the traps twice a day, preferably once in the morning and once in the evening. This is when you will refill bait if needed. Checking the trap frequently may dissuade foxes from approaching the trap. Do not keep an animal trapped in the cage for longer than 24 hours.
Step 5 – Relocate the Fox
Any non-target animals should be released immediately. Once you have captured a fox in your live trap, check your local authorities to make sure you are correctly relocating the animal. Approach the trap slowly and use a gentle voice. Place a towel over the cage to avoid frightening the fox. Once you have relocated far enough, carefully open the trap and release the animal. You can read more about releasing an animal from a live trap here.
Once the fox has been captured with the live trap, you want to make sure that wild animals do not invade your property again. You can take some preventative measures to keep your area fox-free.
Be sure to place all waste in a trash can, preferably with a lid so it can be kept closed. Remove all clutter and debris from your property, since foxes may be drawn to nest and burrow in these areas. Any potential food or water sources, especially pet food, should be properly sealed in a container and stored indoors.
If your property is near a wooded area and you have no fencing, you are more susceptible to having foxes and other wild animals invade your property. Consider blocking off your property with fencing. To avoid foxes from disturbing your poultry, leave live traps near the chicken coop. If you happen to catch more foxes, relocate them using the steps above.
What are Foxes and Why are They A Problem?
- Foxes are intelligent animals that are most active during dusk and dawn. They resemble dogs and have pointy ears with a bushy tail. Foxes mainly feed on small animals such as mice and chicken, but will also consume fruits and vegetables.
How to Trap a Fox Using a Live Trap
- Bait the live trap with raw meat or eggs, making sure it is placed behind the trigger plate of the trap.
- Check the fox trap once in the morning and once in the evening. Once a fox is caught, check with your local authorities to make sure you safely and correctly release it.
Preventing Foxes From Coming Back
- Prevent foxes from entering your property again by installing fencing and leaving live traps near areas with high fox activity such as chicken coops.