Sunday, July 06, 2014
I have a deck behind my house, an extension of my concrete porch, that is low to the ground but now and then something squeezes under it. I have a bird feeder hanging off the deck covering so naturally there is grain/sunflower seed on the ground a lot, which I know draws all sorts of "critters".
I have lined the outside of the deck with brick to discourage these critters from taking up residence under my deck. Once in a while something small manages to squeeze in, like a mouse or small rat.
A few days ago I noticed that one of the bricks was moved completely away from the deck. Definitely something larger had moved in and dug out the ground a little to make a bigger entry.
I thought it must be a possum. I stomped around on the deck and heard it move. Later that evening I did that again and didn't hear anything so I blocked the hole with bricks again and poured vinegar all over it.
A day and a night went by with no visitors. Then this afternoon my cat ran to the window and started going from window to window the way she does when she's following a stray cat across the yard.
I looked out and saw - not a possum, but a gray fox. A fairly small but grown, beautiful gray fox was dancing around my bird bath trying to figure out how to jump up and around the edge of the large basin on top so he could get a drink.
I can never stand to see an animal needing water, so I put my hand on the door to go out, knowing he'd be gone in a flash, and he was. Over my 6 ft. oak privacy fence like it wasn't there. I put some water in a pan on the ground, knowing he'll be back.
Tomorrow I'll contact a friend who still lives in the rural part of the county, where I lived all my life, and make arrangements for him to take this beautiful animal and relocate him.
There are many fox living in my suburban neighborhood. I've seen one while walking and have also seen one crossing the road at night several times. I just don't want one living under my deck.
If it is female and has a litter there, the pups or kits won't be able to go over my fence for quite a while and I'll have a yard full, lol. As beautiful as I think they are, I'm not ready to have an animal preserve so close to home. My cat would never sleep, nor would the neighbor's dogs and that means I wouldn't either!