This fox is suffering with mange and will die within four months if left untreated. Meanwhile spreading the disease to other animals including your pet dog.
Feeding the fox will not cure the problem but will prolong the agony.
1; Sarcoptic mange is the horrible condition that kills foxes and can be caught by domestic dogs. The mites breed on the surface of the skin and the female burrows through the foxes skin to lay eggs. When the eggs hatch as larvae they burrow to the surface of the skin where they travel around the animal’s body feeding, eventually starting a new generation of mites
The mites prefer skin with little hair, causing the fox or dog to lose hair and go patchy bald as the condition worsens, eventually colonising the whole body.
The fox dies a painful miserable death.
3: Will a fox kill my cat, rabbits or guinea pigs?
Yes, Mange can be caught by pet dogs and can be fatal within four months if not treated. Fortunately, there are several good treatments for this parasite and the disease can be controlled. Consult your vet as soon as you suspect Sarcoptic Mange
Cage traps are a humane way of catching foxes in your garden. It is illegal and cruel to trap foxes using snares or spring traps.
For more information about fox traps Please see the paragraph on trapping foxes further down this page.
It is rare and unusual, but driven by mange and hunger and if cornered, a fox as a last resort, may try to bite its attacker. However, this is easily prevented, by not trying to approach or pick foxes up. We can never say never after the recent media reports on the attacks on two babies. The best defense is not to encourage foxes anywhere near your house. I have covered how to deter foxes later on this page.
8: What does the Law say about killing or trapping foxes.
Dealing with urban foxes is complicated. They are protected under a series of wildlife laws and it is only permissible to control numbers in very limited ways. Licenced shooting is legal, poison cannot be legally used to cull foxes, use of any gas to kill foxes is illegal, traps with teeth have been illegal in this country since 1954, self tightening snares are cruel and illegal, Cage traps are legal and a humane way to trap foxes.
For more information about the law Please see the paragraph on what's illegal and what is legal further down this page.
9: There are several ways of deterring foxes from coming into your garden without harming the fox.
The argument in favour of deterring foxes rather than killing, is that killing or trapping and moving foxes is pointless anyway in urban areas because another one will quickly take its place. The easiest way off all to get rid of foxes is for you and your neighbours to stop feeding them and to make sure all bins containing food are securely closed. More further down this page.
10: If you see a fox with mange in your garden the kindest thing to do is to trap it and take it to your vet to be treated or put down.
I have tested these fox repellents and by following the instructions on the pack they really do work in their different ways to deter and repel foxes.
Scoot, described in more detail below, works by mimicking the scent of foxes, cats and dogs ignore it.
The other two methods a motion activated water spray and the ultrasonic pest repellent with strobe light, again more detail below, work by scaring foxes away from your garden, but will also scare
Motion Activated Animal Deterrent
Ultrasonic Pest Repeller with Strobe Light.