Knowing a little about foxes and their behaviors, let’s take a look at the list of some of the predators that eat foxes, with a side peep into their geographical location.
Mountain lion, also called Cougar, is considered the second largest cat of the Felidae family. Mountain Lions are highly adaptable and located mainly in America, spreading from California to Canada and several South America parts.
They are ambush predators, eating almost every variety of prey, from rodents to deers, buffaloes, reptiles, birds, amphibians, even bears, and foxes are not left out. Foxes can be carnivorous animals, too, so there is a shortage of prey in an environment. Foxes may become direct competitors to Cougars, making them eat both adult and young foxes for food.
The apex predators in the Canidae Family are the wolves. They are the world’s largest and most powerful dogs, the predators at the top of the Northern hemisphere food chain.
Wolves usually do not reside everywhere, but they can be found in the Northern hemisphere ( mostly in Asia, North America, and Northern and Eastern Europe). Wolves hunt in packs and share their kill, they are known to go after large prey, but when food supply is scarce, wolves will practically hunt any fox that crosses their way.
Lynxes belong to the cat family, but due to their large size and strong muscles, a lynx is more than capable of killing and eating foxes if one or two crosses their path while hunting for food. A lynx is usually found in Asia, Noth America, and some places in Europe.
Coyotes, Wild dogs, and Jackals
Coyotes, jackals, and badgers in Europe, Asia, and North America, often fight with foxes whenever there is a shortage of food. Foxes are related to these animals and often share the same prey, food, or diet. Young foxes or cubs and small-sized adult(such as a red fox) may often get killed and eaten when they face off with coyotes, badgers, and jackals in food battles.
Birds of Prey
Large birds like hawks, eagles, owls, falcons are carnivorous animals, and they won’t hesitate to scoop away any prey animal within their sight and capacity. Owls and eagles can see the ground clearance from a great distance into the sky, so they hunt, kill, and eat foxes (both adult and young foxes) and up to 87.5% of other mammals around the world. So a red fox with its little frame is an easy kill for a hungry eagle.
Human activities have proven to be both the greatest aid and biggest threat to fox populations worldwide. Hunting and killing foxes for different reasons and purposes.
Fox hunting was initiated to decrease the fox threat to livestock and farm animals. Humans also don’t just kill and eat foxes; they hunt foxes for their fur, skin, or coat trade. They would also hunt fox for sports purposes, aside from destroying their natural habitat and drastically reducing the fos populations. Humans are indeed the greatest enemies of Foxes.