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franki68

Foxy but not sexy

Bloody fox comes into our garden at night about midnight and emits a horrific mating call ,which would be alright but it sends the golden retriever into a barking fit that lasts all night ,she is seriously scared by it .She actually quivers and has ruined the door and doorframe in their room.

Struggling to see a viable solution,don't want to traumatise her more with one of those anti bark collars .

Could do with an odd nights sleep ,though ...I'm like the walking dead.
Racing Teatray

Yes, we suffer from this (absent the scared dog bit). It's the most dreadful noise. I've tried everything from fox repellents to peeing in the garden.

I'm thinking next of a catapult to try and give it a thwack. Obviously an air rifle and pellet in the fox's arse would be best, but I have a feeling this wouldn't be either legal or acceptable in central London...
Bob Sacamano

Thankfully we don't have the fox problem, it's very quiet around here, so quiet I was awakened once by a hedgehog walking down the centre of the road with its head stuck in a McFlurry cup. I could hear this constant tap tap tap and looked out the window and saw it.
3am in the morning and I'm chasing a hedgehog up the street in a silk smoking jacket and Ali Baba slippers.
Scouse

Racing Teatray wrote:
Yes, we suffer from this (absent the scared dog bit). It's the most dreadful noise. I've tried everything from fox repellents to peeing in the garden.

I'm thinking next of a catapult to try and give it a thwack. Obviously an air rifle and pellet in the fox's arse would be best, but I have a feeling this wouldn't be either legal or acceptable in central London...


Acceptable, probably not. IIRC Foxes aren't actually designated as vermin, but could be considered as such. As long as your air rifle does not exceed a muzzle velocity of 12 ft lb and the pellet does not travel beyond your boundary then shooting vermin with it would not break the law. Get a silencer as well and who'd know??
Bob Sacamano

Then you have a fox carcass to dispose of though.
Scouse

Pretty sure an air rifle won't be powerful enough to kill a fox (unless you happen to get a lucky shot through the eye cavity). A .22 would most likely just give it a hard whack.
Or swap the air rifle for an airsoft gun.
Twelfth Monkey

We had one a week or two ago, single night only.  Sounds like a miniaturised version of the werewolf in An American Werewolf in London...
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Bob Sacamano wrote:

3am in the morning and I'm chasing a hedgehog up the street in a silk smoking jacket and Ali Baba slippers.

What's new ???
Frank Bullitt

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Thankfully we don't have the fox problem, it's very quiet around here, so quiet I was awakened once by a hedgehog walking down the centre of the road with its head stuck in a McFlurry cup. I could hear this constant tap tap tap and looked out the window and saw it.
3am in the morning and I'm chasing a hedgehog up the street in a silk smoking jacket and Ali Baba slippers.


I feel your pain, we've all been there
franki68

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Bob Sacamano wrote:

3am in the morning and I'm chasing a hedgehog up the street in a silk smoking jacket and Ali Baba slippers.

What's new ???


we've all seen the video.
Bob Sacamano

Frank Bullitt wrote:
Bob Sacamano wrote:
Thankfully we don't have the fox problem, it's very quiet around here, so quiet I was awakened once by a hedgehog walking down the centre of the road with its head stuck in a McFlurry cup. I could hear this constant tap tap tap and looked out the window and saw it.
3am in the morning and I'm chasing a hedgehog up the street in a silk smoking jacket and Ali Baba slippers.


I feel your pain, we've all been there


How did you get the hedgehog crap off your slippers then?
Humphrey The Pug

We have loads of foxes in our area, occasionally I'll hear them but I'm a heavy sleeper so it is rare to be woken up by them but I know they are noisy.

They also hang around at the bottom of our neighbours garden, he used to have chickens so I guess there is a smell still there, when Barry is put out for his last pee of the day he always shoots straight to the bottom of the garden to have a bark; he's an absolute pain in the arse for doing it.
Frank Bullitt

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Frank Bullitt wrote:
Bob Sacamano wrote:
Thankfully we don't have the fox problem, it's very quiet around here, so quiet I was awakened once by a hedgehog walking down the centre of the road with its head stuck in a McFlurry cup. I could hear this constant tap tap tap and looked out the window and saw it.
3am in the morning and I'm chasing a hedgehog up the street in a silk smoking jacket and Ali Baba slippers.


I feel your pain, we've all been there


How did you get the hedgehog crap off your slippers then?


I keep a Hedgehog by the back door, scrape the slippers down its back (going with the grain) and it brings them up a treat
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Bob Sacamano wrote:
3am in the morning ...

As opposed to 3am in the afternoon, presumably?
Big Blue

Many years ago when I moved into my first flat a dead fox manifested itself on my father's front lawn, probably hit by a vehicle. It was as stiff as a board. I had a van to move stuff out and he said "take that with you and dump it will you?"

Easier said than done. Where does one leave a fox with rigor mortis in a south west London urban landscape? My bestie and I decided on the communal bins of the block of flats I was now the proud owner of one. Trouble was the next day was bin day so these things (big round metal ones on wheels) were all full. We waited for darkness to fall then deposited our cargo in the bin nearest the front (this was pre-recycling days) but its paws were clearly visible. Bestie made several jokes about haunting and changing my name to Foxy as per Citizen Smith.

I never saw the beast again but years later the boys found a dead baby fox in the wooded area of our house. Poor bugger had just died of starvation as it's mum was gone. Looked quite cute curled up asleep. And dead. Stank though.
PG

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Thankfully we don't have the fox problem, it's very quiet around here, so quiet I was awakened once by a hedgehog walking down the centre of the road with its head stuck in a McFlurry cup. I could hear this constant tap tap tap and looked out the window and saw it.
3am in the morning and I'm chasing a hedgehog up the street in a silk smoking jacket and Ali Baba slippers.


 
PG

Scouse wrote:
Pretty sure an air rifle won't be powerful enough to kill a fox (unless you happen to get a lucky shot through the eye cavity). A .22 would most likely just give it a hard whack.
Or swap the air rifle for an airsoft gun.


Or swap it for a 12 bore firing bb shot for best effect.

An air rifle will definitely not kill a fox. Even with a .22 rifle, you need a headshot.

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