Foxes should not be harmed
I have had the privilege of foxes living on my property for several years now. They routinely make their dens and rear their young here. I consider this a real complement since foxes only dwell where they feel safe.
This year, as usual, the den contains beautiful, healthy young ones.
In the past I have heard talk about having them trapped and even shot. After speaking to DNR, I was reassured it is illegal to knowingly hurt, kill or trap a fox. Only a licensed trapper can live-trap them and only to relocate them to another safe place.
I cannot understand why anyone would want to harm these creatures. They will not harm a human, they are more afraid of us than we are of them. If approached, they will run away from you. They are quite beneficial as they help to keep the rodent population down such as squirrels and mice.
Someone told me that foxes are members of the raccoon family. They are not. They are member of the canine family. Anyone who feels threatened by foxes please do some research. You may be surprised at what you discover.
Today my granddaughter and I witnessed a very sad occurrence. We watched helplessly as one of the adult foxes lay and vomited in our yard and then wandered into the woods. I don’t know what became of the babies.
Our conclusion is that someone put poison out for them. If true, not only would as this a cruel thing to do but highly illegal. All kinds of wildlife will be exposed to this poison as it goes through the food chain.
This is my first experience with this type of behavior. If you don’t like the woods and all it has to offer, why live here? The city is the best place for you to be.
The world and it’s people are changing but not for the better. It’s sad to think the younger generation growing up has this behaviour as a role model to follow.