The fox and the hen

Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) - Whether in an urban or rural area, it’s part of living in Colorado.

"If it's not hurting anything, then certainly being able to see a fox on your property might be something that is an enjoyable experience," said Mike Porras, Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

It wasn't that enjoyable for Paula Yox. She awoke to fox in her yard killing chickens.

"She went over to the neighbors, killed a chicken, left it laying and then went back and brought another chicken and just started going crazy on the chicken," said Paula Yox.

Yox contacted Colorado Parks and Wildlife, while her neighbor is used to this situation.

“The pups out here they’ll come running out of the orchard or something chasing a chicken, just having fun. But they’re learning to stalk and to kill. And they’re hard to trap,” said Caroline Ridenour, whose chickens were killed.

Though this fox acted strange enough to raise concerns about if it was carrying a disease.

"Running around in the day, I've heard that, if you see wild animals in the day that they tend to carry rabies. So, you know, that's what concerns me," said Yox.

Traps can be obtained from Colorado Parks and Wildlife for free. People are advised not to approach or feed wild animals, with the best offense being defense.

"If they have chickens, make sure you have fencing that's going to keep predators out. If that does not work then certainly a trap is an option. And again if it's legal to do so in your jurisdiction you can legally shoot that animal. But, we recommend that people just take precautions and, and do the things they can to keep predators out of their property," said Porras.

The offending fox was killed. It took three shots from a shotgun, and will be tested for disease. She was pregnant, and her male companion is still at large.

Contact information for the Northwest Region of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife can be found here: http://wildlife.state.co.us/About/OfficesAndPhone/Pages/ContactNumbers.aspx.


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