General Red Fox Facts
Foxes breed from January through March, and after 51-53 days they give birth to a litter of about four to five pups. The pups stay in the den till about four or five weeks of age, and at about 12 weeks the pups will are weaned and join the adults to go hunting and catch their own food. In the fall the young leave the family and will breed during their first winter at about one year old.
Red Foxes may make their own burrows, but normally they will move in and improve on an abandoned woodchuck burrow.
Foxes will prey on livestock animals such as; ducks, chickens, rabbits, and young lambs, but don’t usually prey on larger livestock, cats may also be preyed on. They also eat small mammals, birds, insects, fruits, and even grasses.
Foxes damage livestock, birds (especially farm poultry), and dogs or cats. Trapping and fencing will control fox populations.