Recently our office has received numerous calls regarding Red Fox sightings. They have been spotted traveling as 1 or 2 adults, sometimes with 2 pups.
According to the DEC, Red Foxes are timid creatures that prey on small mammals such as mice, squirrels, woodchucks, birds, rabbits and the eggs of waterfowl. They are opportunists and will eat berries, fruit, veggies and most kinds of table scraps, as well as worms and carrion. Like all animals, if you feed them they will return to a this food source expecting food.
The time of year they are most likely to be seen during the day is during the time of feeding and teaching their young. Otherwise they are generally nocturnal. The DEC tells us that Red Foxes do not travel or hunt in "packs". They are not known to attack humans, or go after children or babies as prey. We have been made to understand that they will shy away from adult dogs and cats as they are likely to lose a battle against either one. (Kittens and puppies, however, might find a different result.)
With this said, we feel that regardless of the above information, under no circumstances should an infant be left unattended in any outdoor setting. We also encourage you to instruct older children not to interact with or torment foxes, as children should be made aware that any animal will seek to protect itself and their young when provoked. (Including dogs, cats, squirrels, raccoons, etc) The basic rule being, don't mess with them and they won't mess with you. Foxes will usually be scared off by loud noises.
The Red Fox is a protected wildlife species in New York.
For further information, please click on the image below directing you to the New York State Environmental Conservation (DEC) website where you can learn more about Red Foxes and other wildlife information. You can also reach the DEC at # (631) 444-0310.