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Old May 15th, 2018, 09:03 AM #1
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Legality of shooting fox in yard

So my wife and I have 2 outdoor cats that have been getting cornered and harassed nightly by a red fox. We are awoken around 1-3 am with that unique fox "scream" and upon opening the front door I find my wifes 2 cats backed up to the door with the fox about 5-10 yards off the porch just standing there hollering at them.

My question is this. What is the legality of some upstanding citizen popping that fox with a .177 varmint round from a break barrel pellet rifle?

Or do I have to just call animal control and wait for them to do nothing.
I feel like its only a matter of time before the fox becomes more aggressive and possibly harms one of the cats.


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We are deep in the heart of moco in a subdivision.
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Old May 15th, 2018, 09:08 AM #2
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Set up inside your house and shoot through the screen door.
Dump body and replace screen.
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Old May 15th, 2018, 09:10 AM #3
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With you living in the Anti gun, anti hunting area of Rockville they may lock you up for killing a predator animal. I would take care of it and not mention it in any open forum. The PETA patrol monitors all websites for injustice towards animals.
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Old May 15th, 2018, 09:17 AM #4
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Keep your kitty's inside... Your neighbors will appreciate not having cat crap in their flowerbeds.
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Old May 15th, 2018, 09:20 AM #5
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Why are your cats outside at night? Think of the disease they could expose you to.
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Old May 15th, 2018, 09:23 AM #6
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The cats are both hunters. Maine Coons. They live for going outside at night and bringing back a bounty of field mice and small birds. It wouldnt be fair to them to lock them up all night. Also then they would just cry at the door all night lol.
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Cats are destructive invasive species that should be kept inside.
My guess is that momma fox is sick of your cats harassing her kits.
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Cats are destructive invasive species that should be kept inside.
My guess is that momma fox is sick of your cats harassing her kits.
This thread might go differently was you a Caps fan...
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Old May 15th, 2018, 09:31 AM #9
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This thread might go differently was you a Caps fan...
Never. I bleed Rangers blue.

But seriously, my wife loves her cats. I personally dont care for them but they make her happy so they are here to stay. So lets stop the cat bashing, and focus on the question at hand.
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crossbows make less noise than a pellet gun and are more deadly.
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