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Old 08-20-2012, 11:43 AM
 
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We have a fox making the rounds in the neighborhood. So far its given our dog( and us) fleas , killed a skunk in our backyard and now dug up a hole in the backyard. We had a pet guinea pig that died in the Spring and we buried in the lawn near where we buried some other pets. I wanted to bury it as deep as I could but under the grass theres clay at about 6 inches and I hit a big rock I didn't feel like trying to dig out. So I buried it with about 6 inches of soil on top. I replaced the divot.
This was months ago. Somehow the little creep smelled it and dug it up, or part of it. I saw some fur but not much else. We filled it in again with potting soil and the dirt but the little bastard dug it up again.
If I sprinkled baking soda in the hole and then put the soil back on, would that get rid of the smell or give it a bad taste? I could also use epsom salts. I don't want to kill the grass and was planning to reseed the spot. I was thinking about putting a few flower bulbs like tulips or daffodils in it.
I don't really want to poison the fox or harm it. I've seen him and he's a big one, not mangy like some are. I can respect him trying to eke out an existence as best he can, I just have a limit to how annoying I'll let him be.
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:24 PM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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No.
You are making this way too easy for the fox.
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:22 PM
 
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Sounds like a setup to a Readers Digest joke.

Trap it. Then make little fox booties out of it.
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Old 08-24-2012, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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Maybe animal control officer in your area would trap it and release it far away in some woods. I wouldn't feel to safe, especially if there are children in the neighborhood. How can you be sure that this fox isn't rabid?
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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A lot of small animals avoid the smell of peppermint. Not sure if a fox would. Baking soda would change the soil pH and prevent a lot of stuff from growing. Foxes are pretty kewl. We have them around here from time to time. Much nicer than armadillos, which can fit into that niche.
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Old 08-29-2012, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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You guyyys. I would say "trap" it, but I use the "cruelty free" traps...and carting away raccoons etc is scary enough...I couldn't imagine trying to "release" a predator into the wild. The thing might have rabies. W/ my luck it would turn around and bite the *** out of me.

Since the lawn's already dug up, I would throw down baking soda and maybe several drops of lavender oil and balsam oil. I actually tried to attract foxes to my yard to kill the rabbits (before I got the chicken boos) heh heh...so I don't know if this is going to work...

But lavender repels insects and balsam oil repels rodents...so maybe the odors will be strong enough to mask the tasty dead guinea pig body. Actually...why not just throw the deceased pet remains by the side of the road...In an unpopulated area, of course. It is biodegradable.
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:32 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, USA
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I kept deer and rabbits away using mothballs. Maybe other animals too because I lived next to a woods. Rain will melt them so you need to put it between flat rocks or whatever works. Maybe open a can of pop, poke holes in the sides add the mothballs and turn the can upside down on a rock.
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