If you see a fox during the day, do not assume that it has rabies. Mom fox come out of their den during the day when they have pups. The increase in caloric demand goes up tenfold for a nursing mother. There are just not enough hours in the night for her to get all the nutrients she needs or to get the needed hunt in to feed her young, This means that these animals will be seen during the day, it is normal! They will also come out more during mating season. Fox are also loosing their homes at an exponential rate. Many fox out during the day are looking for a new place to make their den and call home. Fox DO NOT POSE A THREAT to humans or pets(including cats and dogs) unless they are sick or protecting their young. If you see these critters acting unusual, such as charging at your, salivating, wobbly or falling over then contact your local animal control. DO NOT HANDLE these animals.
Baby or juvenile fox will be orphaned when their parents are hit by a car, shot, poisoned or trapped. Place any suspected orphaned kit into a secure container or carrier and contact us immediately. It is illegal to keep wildlife as pets in North Carolina. Fox are not like dogs and make horrible pets.
Like all wildlife, although the cases are rare, fox have the potential to carry the rabies virus, DO NOT HANDLE these animals and use care and caution when containing them.
A furless Fox?
CWCC is conducting a study on red foxes with mange. With your help, mange is treatable and we can work together to save your neighborhood fox. Please call us to participate in our study and save this animal’s life.
What is causing the hair loss in the fox?
Sarcoptic mange is a mite that borrows into the hair follicle in mammals. This causes extreme itchiness, lots of flakey dead skin and secondary bacterial infection. This can kill a fox due to lack of body insulation, bacterial infections, inability to eat and/or see. Sarcoptic mange has the ability to wipe out our local red fox population if we do not help them overcome this horrific disease.
How do we treat the mange?
Adult fox are extremely difficult to bring into care due to their elusive nature, evading traps, and their extreme stress when in captivity. In captivity, stress can decrease the immune system causing them to take longer to overcome the mange. Through talking with specialists across the world in mangey fox, we have found a way to treat the animals on site in the location they are seen to prevent stress and still help them kill the mites causing the mange. Please call us to discuss the steps to help the furless fox. You can also learn more at
The importance of fox?
Fox are extremely susceptible to displacement due to the rapid urbanization of our city. Fox are adapting to their changes in habitat so it is not unlikely to see one during the day. Fox are not known to be harmful to your pets as their main diet consists of small rodents such as moles, mice and rabbits. This a great thing for those of you with these type of pesky creatures near your home. Remember, the average fox weighs between 7.7-15.4lbs (NCWRC) so these little animals are a lot more afraid of you than you are of them. It is important that we all learn to live symbiotically with your harmless and shy neighborhood fox.
Will a fox hurt my pets?
No! Fox are naturally shy creatures. Unless they are enticed by food like left out cat or dog food, fox are pretty elusive. If you see a fox during the day, they might just be out foraging for their young, looking for a mate or a new place to den.
For more information on how to coexist with the fox, please visit: How to Coexist with Fox