Foxes have become an integrated part of most urban environments, and whilst they generally remain scarce, this unfortunately means that there are a lot more scenarios in which foxes end up being injured.
Here’s what to do if you find an injured fox.
Determining Whether the Fox Needs Help
To determine whether or not the fox requires help, here are a few common causes of injury in foxes and what to do about them,
Hit by a car – If a fox has been hit by car it will need to be assessed for injuries, if you can’t capture it, keep an eye on it as best you can and call your local fox rescue centre or vet for advice and to see if they will treat the fox. Failing this get in touch with the RSPCA. The animal could have concussion and shock, so it will need to be seen by an expert.
If the fox has unfortunately died, you can call your local authority to have the carcass removed.
Trapped in netting or wire – If you find a fox trapped in netting or wire, it’s important to assess the situation before attempting to free the fox. The fox may struggle when you get close, making its injuries worse. If you know you are unable to free the fox without wire cutters – keep an eye on the fox and call the RSPCA, local rescue centre, vet, or a friend who has the correct tools.
Poisoned – If you suspect a fox has been poisoned, contact the wildlife incident investigation scheme on 0800 321 600.
Snare – If you find a fox in a snare, call the RSPCA, local fox rescue centre if you have one or a vet. If any of the following apply, call the police and report to snare watch:
- The fox looks like it has been trapped for over 24 hours
- The snare is a self-locking snare
- The snare is set near a badger sett
- The snare was set in a position designed to cause unnecessary harm to the animal
Unfortunately, tampering with a legal snare can leave you liable to prosecution, so be really careful with this.
Fox Hunting – If you see a fox being hunted by a pack of hounds and horses, it’s important to act fast. Call the police immediately and capture as much video footage as you can. If you have time, or are with a friend, get in touch with your local hunt sabs group – as they may already be on the hunts trail.
What to Do If You Find an Abandoned Fox Cub
When the cubs get slightly older, it’s not unusual for the adult foxes to leave them unattended for periods of time whilst they go to gather food. If you do see a cub, leave them, don’t touch them, and keep a record of their location, keep checking on them as the vixen could have been killed. If they are still unattended after 24hours, you may need to rescue them.
If the cub is still there after 24 hours with no sign of the adult, leave food and water out for them – cubs will be able to hunt for themselves at 5 months old.
If you are certain the fox needs help, Contact the RSPCA 24-hour advice line on 0300 1234 999, or if you are safely able to – take it to the nearest RSPCA wildlife centre or vet.
If you are still unsure, keep an eye on the fox and get in touch with the fox project, Local vet, wildlife rescue centre or RSPCA for advice.
Fox Rescue Centres
There are a number of fox rescue bodies up and down the country who will come and collect injured foxes should you find them or give you advice on the best course of action. Some of the most well known ones include:
Oak and Furrows – Covering Cricklade and surrounding areas, caring for foxes, hedgehogs, abandoned birds and more.
Telephone: 01793 751412
The Fox Project – Covering Kent and a 60 x 70 mile catchment area
01892 731565 (9.00am – 9.00pm Daily)
Rogers Wildlife Rescue – Covering the Brighton area
Telephone – 01273 308268
The Fox Man – Covering Merseyside and surrounding areas
24 Hour Telephone – 07572270432
Protect Foxes From Hunting
- Contact your local MP, make them aware of the hunting that is going on and ensure you get a satisfactory response of what they are going to do about it.
- If you witness illegal hunting, call the police – a hunt running across a main road or area they wouldn’t when following a scent is a tell tale sign of illegal hunting. Try to capture some footage if you are safely able to do so – beware of trespassing.
- If a hunt is operating on your property illegally, get in touch with Hounds Off.
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