Town Of Whitby Warning Residents Of Fox Sightings

Durham, ON, Canada / channel12

The Town of Whitby is advising residents of sightings of foxes in north Whitby. Foxes are common in our area. There are a number of precautions people can take to minimize conflict with these animals.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry suggests the following:

If you see a fox, keep your distance, the animal will most likely avoid you. If you encounter an aggressive fox:

  • never approach or touch the animal
  • do not turn your back or run from the animal
  • back away from the animal while remaining calm
  • stand tall, wave your hands, and make lots of noise
  • carry a flashlight at night
  • if a wild animal poses an immediate threat or danger to public safety — call 911

In addition to the above, residents are encouraged to minimize food sources on their properties – foxes are fond of fruits, vegetables, eggs, berries, seeds and dog and cat food. Enclose food compost in secure, animal-resistant containers and ensure bird feeders are out of reach of foxes and clean-up spilled bird seed on a regular basis.

Foxes are omnivores – in addition to fruits and vegetables they eat small animals such as mice and rabbits. To prevent conflict with pets keep cats and dogs on a leash when outdoors.

For more information visit the Ministry of Natural Resources website.

Residents with questions can contact Whitby Animal Services by phone: 905.655.0283 or email: paw@whitby.ca.

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