I Found a Fox or Coyote

Fox kit

Fox Kit

FoxKit

Juvenile Coyote

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WARNING! – FOXES and COYOTES ARE A RABIES VECTOR SPECIES. RABIES HAS ENTERED THE STATE OF COLORADO. Do not touch a fox or coyote until you have spoken with a rehabilitator. DO NOT ALLOW PETS OR CHILDREN TO MAKE CONTACT OF ANY SORT. CALL GREENWOOD WILDLIFE at (303) 823-8455.

*If the fox or coyote requires immediate assistance, please call your local animal control office.

**If there has been any human, pet or farm animal contact, call your local health department FIRST.

 

I Found an Adult Fox/Coyote

If you have found an injured or sick adult fox or coyote, call your local animal control office.

I Think I Found a Baby Fox/Coyote

What do they look like?

Baby Red Foxes have:

  • white tip on their tail
  • kitten-like paws and white nails
  • bellies are usually furred

Baby Coyotes have:

  • white chest patch
  • dark tail tip
  • bare abdomen

Baby mammals often appear to be orphaned when in fact they are not. Many species of mammals will leave their babies safely hidden while they are out searching for food. If you suspect a baby mammal is orphaned, patiently and unobtrusively observe for at least three hours in an effort to determine if it truly needs help. Remember, parents may not return to their babies if you remain too close.

A baby fox’s or coyote’s best chance for survival is to be raised by its natural parents. It is imperative that you make every effort to allow the parents to care for their babies before considering removing a baby fox/coyote from the wild. Foxes/coyotes have excellent parents and take good care of their young, they are also cared for by other members of the pack. If you have disturbed a den or frightened an adult fox/coyote, you may see the adult run away from the den or the baby. DON’T PANIC! There is a very good chance that the parent will return and continue to care for their young. Even if a baby has strayed from the den, the parent can pick it up by the scruff of the neck and return it to the den.

What to Do

If you know the fox/coyote is orphaned or injured, call Greenwood Wildlife at (303) 823-8455.

Regarding after-hours rescuing, reuniting, transporting and nuisance foxes/coyotes, please follow Rescue a Fox/Coyote