How to get rid of a fox den in New Jersey | Fox

How to get rid of a fox den

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Avoid removing dens at times when foxes are breeding and raising young.

Foxes normally use abandoned burrows, hollow trees, and rock piles as dens, but sometimes a fox will den and give birth to its young under a porch, deck, or shed. If possible, allow them to stay until the young are two months old and begin accompanying the adults on hunts.

If you need the foxes to move sooner, then you should encourage them to move out by:

  • Making loud noises
  • Playing loud music near the den
  • Using lights and/or motion sensor alarms
  • Using repellents, such as soap shavings, vinegar, commercial fox repellents, or coyote urine

If there are young present, the adults will need time to locate an alternate den and return to remove each pup.

Once the den has been abandoned, close the entrance with rocks, logs, or bricks. Bury 1/4- to 1/2-inch hardware cloth a few inches below ground, 12 feet around every potential entrance. 

Laws and regulations to be aware of

While we attempt to provide guidance about state and federal regulations pertaining to specific species and control techniques, we do not provide information about local jurisdictions (city, town, county, etc.) where regulations may be more restrictive, especially as it applies to discharge of firearms, transport of animals or use of trapping equipment. Contact your local city or county government to inquire further. No guarantee is made that information (or lack of information) associated with a species or control technique is completely accurate or current. You should become familiar with federal, state and local laws before beginning any wildlife control activities.

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