Red foxes are an important part of our ecosystem. They help to keep populations of insects, ground squirrels, mice and other small mammals in check. They are also highly adaptable, allowing them to thrive where people live and thrive. Foxes can become problem residents in human neighborhoods, building dens in and around people's homes and gardens and giving off strong, offensive odors. Foxes dig and bury food and help themselves to fruits and vegetables. They may also kill pets and livestock and have been known to bite. 

To minimize negative encounters with foxes it is important to not feed them. While some people will feel inclined to feed these cute animals, especially in the spring when they appear mangy and thin, feeding them will ensure that they become nuisance residents in your neck of the woods and may then be destroyed, becoming one more notch on the belt of biodiversity loss.

To ensure that you are not feeding the foxes unintentionally, secure all garbage, make sure bird seed and livestock feed are not accessible, clear away fallen fruit in the fall and secure your pets and other animals and invest in electric fencing or netting for your gardens and livestock pens.