Foxes, like most other canines, sometimes emit what sounds like a high-pitched wail or scream. It’s typically in response to situations such as:
- The discovery of fresh food.
- The discovery of a mate during the breeding season.
- A potential predator in the area (including humans).
- The loss of a mate during the breeding season.
- Fear or concern for a cub/mate/offspring in the area.
In other words, foxes scream as a warning signal to those nearby that there is danger present somewhere.
In most cases, it’s an indication that they should leave the area as soon as possible.
Screams as a Means of Communication
This is a form of communication between foxes and instinctive behavior that young cubs will display.
In the wild, humans are typically not a threat to adult foxes, but they can certainly be dangerous for young or infirm animals.
The sound serves as a warning to other foxes in the area that there’s a known predator nearby.
It is thought to be the only type of sound used exclusively by members of the canine family, and it serves as an effective warning system against any potential dangers in the area.
The sound may also serve as a mating call or invitation to other foxes.
The average fox scream lasts about three seconds, depending on the situation.
They may emit several screams if they are feeling particularly threatened, frightened, or are trying to warn others away.
Fox screaming does not pose a threat to humans as it is purely instinctive.
It’s simply the animal’s way of communicating with others nearby.
Foxes Scream to Warn Other Foxes
There are some cases where fox screaming can indicate that something has gone wrong.
If it continues for an extended period of time, if the sound changes in pitch or frequency, or if it sounds distressed – then there is cause for concern.
The fox was either attacked by a predator, tangled itself up somehow, or got caught in a trap.
In these cases, it’s important to contact your local wildlife center immediately so they can properly assess the situation and assist the animal if need be.
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