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Fox in Live trap?

Old 11-18-2004, 12:11 PM
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Default Fox in Live trap?

My parents live on the edge of town and have chickens. They are getting busted by a red fox, they have seen it twice. What are the chances of catching this thing in a live trap? They are afraid to shoot it because of the neighbors. Any suggestions on bait or setup would be a big help.
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Old 11-18-2004, 02:36 PM
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By 'Live trap' I'm assuming you mean a cage trap. (foothold traps and snares are also 'live traps' depending on how they're set)

It is possible to catch a fox in a cage trap. Not easy tho'. I would find the biggest cage trap you can and then set it right next to the chicken coop. Butt it right up against the building or fencing. (but make sure it will still shut without hitting anything)

Make sure the trap is sitting solidly. No rocking or tipping or it will scare off the fox. Place some grass/straw/dirt in the bottom so that the fox doesn't feel the wire as much. (again, make sure that the trap will still fire properly... too much dirt or grass will impede it's action)

If your parents can spare a bit of time.... wire the cage open or somehow rig it so that the fox can explore/step on/climb over the trap without it going off. Smart animals will thoroughly check out a cage trap before entering it... and will often spring it off too soon by bumping it.

I've had luck just flipping the cage traps over and then baiting them for awhile. This gets the animal used to simply entering the trap to grab some food instead of being suspicious of the trap.

For foxes, I'd recommend baiting it with fresh raw meat or freshly cooked meat. (chicken, venison, mice.. whatever.. just don't let it get too stinky.)

Good luck!

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Old 11-18-2004, 06:30 PM
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It's not that hard to catch one. I was in on a study in Texas where we caught them with Havahart traps along fence lines.
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Old 11-23-2004, 04:10 AM
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AmanitaVerna has got it. If you catch it poke a .22 through the bars and shoot it in the head, shotgun will obviously ricochet of the bars and will make more of a mess. Good luck!
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