Characteristics of Fox Enclosures in Florida

We inspected 17 fox enclosures and interviewed 26 operators to collect information on enclosure characteristics and use in Florida. Size of enclosures (N = 26) ranged from 30 to 360 ha (¯x = 108 ha). Red fox (Vulpes vulpes), gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus), and coyote (Canis latrans) stocks were obtained from states in the southeast and midwest. Operators (54%) preferred coyotes exclusively or in combination with foxes: coyotes were admitted to be present in ≥35% of enclosures visited. Owners reported enclosure costs to be $40/ha. Fox enclosures provided a convenient recreational opportunity for houndsmen in an increasingly urban landscape.

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