Old Man Fox is a red fox from Algonquin Park. We received multiple phone calls from concerned visitors to that park that he had a severe limp and mange. With the parks permission we set up live traps to catch him. It took weeks to trap him as foxes are not easily caught in a live trap.
He is about 12 years old and the most photographed fox in Ontario. People would feed the foxes to get photos of them, even though the park has signs up that say, “Don’t feed the animals”. Because foxes are opportunistic animals, they soon learned that people had food and cars had people, they would race to meet the cars and get hit.
Old Man Fox was checked out by the Veterinarian and was found to have previous fractures that had healed, a current broken leg that was mending, mange and no teeth. He was treated for the mange and the leg was left to heal. The Park did not want him back and as he had been habituated because of all the people feeding him. We asked the MNR if we could keep him as an educational animal. He is on pain and joint meds and will continue to be on meds for the rest of his life.
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