Over the past several weeks J&J Acres has been plagued by a fox. We did not know at first that there was a fox, just that there was a predator.
We were losing a duck every few days, but we were not sure why.
Then, when we would have least expected it, I saw our ducks running away from the game feeder we use to feed them and keep them in our yard… away from it.
When I looked to see why, I saw the fox – more red and closer to me than I had ever seen a fox before.
So – with the bandit identified we had a new but specific problem – how to deal with the fox. Our raccoon trap was clearly not going to do the job.
The fox looked too big for our old homemade coon trap.
So, knowing what was there and that he/she is hungry that night, we decided to invest in a new trap rather than wait to build one. We purchased the trap and set it that night.
For 10 nights – nothing.
We even had our county animal control department set a few other traps around the property, just in case.
Then, on the morning following the 11th night the Mrs. went to check the trap… and it was shut. Success!
She approached the cage slowly – unsure just what the reaction would be – was there something it in? Did the weather cause the trap to close and it was empty?
No… it was not empty, but there was no fox either. Instead our brand new fox/coyote sized trap caught… an opossum.
Yes, I said opossum.
So it is that the opossum was live transferred from the large cage to a small one where the Mrs. intends to fatten it up a bit before we have our first opossum dinner. It is sure to be an experience.
Now the trap is reset for the upcoming cool nights in hopes that the fox will be back on the move and perhaps be our next meal.
One thing we learned about after finding the opossum is that fox will generally leave a trap alone for a long time, as they can smell the scent of humans on the trap.
Of course it does not help that they are very smart animals and will not go into a place that makes them uncomfortable – the simple temptation of easy food is not enough to make them go in.