Purchase a live trap and set it up where you have seen the fox and expect it to be again. The large majority of foxes will come right to one of the standard ‘box type’ live traps.
This type of trap is usually long and rectangular and has trap doors at one end or the other. Once you choose your location, it will be time to add the bait. Once the fox is lured into the trap by the bait, a pedal it steps on triggers the trap door and the fox is locked in.
You can find live traps for sale at most hunting supply stores and on a lot of online websites from specialty retailers. The medium to large sizes are perfect for trapping foxes, and can cost between $40 to $80.
Baiting Your Trap:
Get your trap set in its “open” position. Place the bait in the center space that has been designated for you in the trap instructions. As for the bait, you have a broad range of options. Some people have a lot of success with pork, chicken, chicken livers, fish, or ‘wet’ cat food. Hunters sometimes use meat from wild game to lure their foxes in.
Whatever bait you choose, remember that the scent of your bait is crucial to your trapping success. Foxes have a really keen sense of smell for sniffing out food sources. So try to use something that puts out a strong appealing odor. For example, if you go with the wet cat food, then use one that has a strong fishy smell to it. Foxes love that.
Foxes Are Night Dwellers:
Let your trap sit out all night. It’s true that foxes are seen in the daytime, but they are basically nocturnal predators. It takes some patience to get results when trapping a fox. Go out in the morning to check your trap. Sometimes what you get is a raccoon, possum, skunk, or a rat. That’s why it is important to set the trap up as close to where you have seen the fox before as possible.
Check your trap daily as long as you are setting it, so you can free anything that you don’t want, and to be humane to the fox if you catch it. A trapped fox can suffer from exposure and hunger if left in a trap too long. The only right way to handle this problem is the humane way.
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