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: firstname.lastname@example.org.