Have you sought about a shepperd dog?
Seems to me the most perfect solution.
posted 5 years ago
i've been thinking about a dog the issue is my wife and my elderly mother who lives with me are absolutely terrified of dogs so i don't want to make life too difficult for them, even if my wife got over her fear i don't think my mother will
I think poison is not a good way to go. You can't control what eats it and you don't want to be responsible for the death of a neighbor's pet. Not to mention that you'll still have issues when the next fox or raccoon moves into the area.
I don't know if it would work but you could also get some other predator urine to spray around. Coyote piss may deter the fox... though I don't know for how long. And who knows you might start attracting coyotes.
It's usually available in sporting goods stores in the hunting section. Some farm supply stores sell it. A search for "coyote urine" on amazon returned a number of different options. So it's pretty available.
Do you have a rooster? Sometimes an aggressive rooster will take on a predator. Mine do battle with hawks and falcons from time to time. Sometimes you have a bloodied hen and and battered rooster but at the end of the day all heads are accounted for.
Also, you don't need a big dog to scare a fox. A little yippy dog with attitude will do the job. Probably. Much more mum friendly too