Foxes and badgers
Adult foxes and badgers may be victims of road accidents. In this case, Roger is happy to be called out to help, as adult foxes and badgers are dangerous to handle. If you are able to stay with the animal it helps, especially in the dark! And if you are able to bring it to us, please take great care. Frightened, hurt animals can give a nasty bite.
Fox cubs will need hand rearing if they have lost their mother. However, many cubs appear “abandoned” when they have simply been left while their mother moves others to another den. She will return for the cub later. If the cub is barking incessantly, or is still in the same place some time later, then please call us.
Foxes with mange
Sadly many foxes get this terrible disease. It is
caused by hundreds of mites eating away at their
skin and causes dreadful irritation and hair loss.
Typically they lose the fur around their tail and
hind quarters first, and later all over, along with
conjunctivitis and nasty sores on their haunches.
This mange can be treated.
We have a fox trap but do not like to use it in spring as it can catch vixens who need to return to their cubs. At any time of year it can catch the wrong fox, and even badgers and cats, before finally catching the right one. The best way to treat a fox with mange is to feed it regularly until it comes close for food. Then we can give you medicine to put in the food once a week for 4 weeks and he should be cured. In the meantime, put Vitapet skin and coat conditioner (cod liver oil) and garlic tablets in their food. It will help, but take a lot longer, but it doesn’t matter if the wrong fox gets it.
Alternatively, if you have a shed, garage etc that you can lure your mangy fox into and shut the door, we can come and catch him with a net and treat him here.
If you have a fox with mange, please phone us or contact us by email by clicking here to find out how we can help you treat it. Roger has written a booklet about foxes, so please ask if you would like us to send a copy.
We are often asked about how to stop foxes nesting in your garden. The answer is to do something about it in the winter months, before they start to nest. Cubs are great to watch, but can damage plants and garden ornaments when playing. We suggest you put stakes around plants to stop them rolling on them and squashing them. If foxes have nested in your garden, the time to block up holes is after they have gone, as anything that could trap them inside and cause suffering could have you liable to prosecution. We suggest you block up
then put a twig across remaining holes and leave them a few days. If the twigs are not moved then no fox has passed through the holes and it is safe to block them up firmly.
However, please ask yourself why you want to deter the foxes.
1. They do no harm to cats.
2. They will not hurt you or your children.
3. They will damage plants but this can be minimised.
4. They will bring in “toys” but these are easily cleared up.
5. Man has built on the countryside leaving them so little land to use, so they have had to adapt and move into towns. If you deter them, where else can they go?
6. They are beautiful creatures, and you could get a lot of pleasure from watching them.
Sadly you might find a dead fox or other creature in or near your garden, and we cannot deal with these. You need to put it in a sack and ring the council cleansing department (in Brighton the number is 01273 274674) and they will collect
Badger cubs are different. They would not normally come out of their sett until much older, so a baby badger found wandering above ground at a very young age normally needs help. It would suggest that something has happened to the mother and they are looking for her.