What to do when you see a fox
Foxes are natural scavengers widely spread throughout North America with the two most common species being the Red and Gray foxes. They can thrive in almost any environment and are often seen in cities and towns. They are so prominent in urban environments because they can easily find an abundant food source either stealing pet food left outside or by getting into unsecured trash cans. Often times uniformed people feed them as well, further reinforcing the association of food and humans. Foxes like to dig out small dens under buildings like sheds or under porches to raise their babies or to escape inhospitable weather. Fortunately foxes are largely harmless to people unless they are rabid which is extremely rare.
Despite often living in close proximity to people foxes are very timid around humans often preferring to run away the moment the fox becomes aware of a person’s presence. There are a variety of methods of humane animal removal you can utilize if you encounter one. The first method being simply to make a lot of noise shouting at them or banging a pot. Like all dogs foxes have excellent hearing and loud noises will usually scare them off in little time. Mild harassment in general is a good way to evict foxes from your property without harming them. Once you locate their den you can loosely pack leaves, dirt, or mulch to bother them. Placing urine soaked kitty litter or a sweat soaked shirt in the entrance will also make it seem uninhabitable to them without causing any harm to the adult foxes or their babies which are known as kits. Non-toxic granulated capsicum repellent spread around the opening of their den is a good humane option as well.
You can also further utilize scare tactics to drive them off in addition to just making noise at them. Using motion sensing alarms or installing sprinklers near their den will work very well.
The purpose of doing things like this to the animals is to make their den seem unpleasant without doing anything actually harmful to them. They are most effective when used comprehensively and aim to make the parents want to abandon their den and take their babies with them.
Once you manage to get them to move on you can fill in their den and they should not return. If for some reason you are still unable to get a family of foxes to leave then contact animal control and they will be able to take care of them safely without harming the foxes in any way.