Fox Family Makes Home In Tulsa Woman's Backyard
TULSA, Oklahoma - Tulsa Animal Control says they've gotten more calls about foxes in town than ever before. One south Tulsa woman is dealing with a whole family of them.
Sales Executive for News On 6, Melissa England said the foxes aren't as adorable when they are living in your backyard.
She first noticed them over the holiday weekend, lounging on the chair cushions on her deck.
"Just making themselves at home, first time I've ever seen them," she said.
She thinks that some time ago, they may have burrowed under her deck and had some pups.
They, she said, like to pull down the chair cushions and sleep on them. We went to her house, and sure enough, the cushions were off the chairs, but no foxes.
"I don't know what to do, I'm kind of stuck," England said.
She called Animal Control; they told her foxes are indigenous animals like rabbits or squirrels.
"A rabbit or a squirrel is not going to eat my dog," said England.
She called a professional; he told her he could remove them, but it would be expensive, $500 to $1000, and there was no guarantee more foxes would replace them.
She's put out one trap on her own, but no fox so far.
The experts say you should make the backyard an uncomfortable place for foxes to hang out. Loud noises will often scare them off. They also say not to leave food outside for pets or other animals.
They tell us, foxes are generally not aggressive to humans and are not a rabies threat.