Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Fox Attack

This past week a male fox continually attacked the guinea fowl right around our house where the guineas live, right in our front and back yards.
The fox didn't survive.  It was killed with one of the gray guineas inches away from it's mouth.  Surprisingly, all the guineas survived the week.  They spent most of the week in the trees and on the roof of our house. 
We strongly believe this is the fox that killed three of our guineas last month.  I'm not too keen on a fox lurking and hunting a couple feet away from my front door.




We looked it up before considering killing the fox on our land.  According to the MD Department of Natural Resources, it is lawful for a landowner to hunt or trap a coyote, fox or skunk without a Furbearer Permit that is damaging or destroying the personal or real property of the landowner on their land.  http://www.eregulations.com/maryland/hunting/licenses-stamps-and-permits/
I wanted to ensure everything was done legally and properly.

On another note, none of our guinea eggs have hatched yet.  Today is day 25.  I expect them to hatch between now and Friday.  If they hatch at all.  Stay tuned for updates!

10 comments:

John Gray said...

YES WE HAVE THE SAME law here....I wouldnt trust myself with a gun though.. not with my eyesight

Farm Girl said...

Well I hope he didn't have family. The ones around here seem to go in pairs. He looks pretty mangy, I wonder if he was just on the move or something. That is the one thing I hate about foxes they will just kill to kill.
I am glad you got him. I think it is good you guys can shoot them yourselves. We have to call Fish and Game and they have to send a trapper.
I hope your eggs hatch.

Chai Chai said...

I called the DNR before I shot the fox bothering my house. Sometimes you just have to do something.

I can't wait to see how the eggs turn out. You inspired me so I have 7 guinea eggs in my incubator!

LindaG said...

Hope that means your guineas are safe now.

Dog Trot Farm said...

I am sorry the fox was put down, but I do agree it was the right thing to do. I do hope at least some of the guniea eggs hatch, maybe one will be white! Keep us posted...Julie.

Country Girl said...

Well I know it had to be done, but that poor fox looked pretty skinny! Too bad he couldn't find something besides your guineas!

CaliforniaGrammy said...

Good shot! As others have said he does look pretty mangy . . . sure hoping for at least a few of those eggs to hatch!

Knatolee said...

Hope guineas will be a bit safer now!! WE've got fox AND rat issues right now. Send Randy up with a gun! ;)

CrankyPuppy said...

LOL. When I first read your post, I read it as one of the guineas had killed the fox. I was about to comment that you must have some seriously mean guineas! I really need some reading remediation...

Robin said...

Wow, you sure don't want that hanging around your back door. I'm glad you got it. Losing animals to a predator is never fun.