Both gray and red foxes inhabit New England's hardwood forests, farmlands, and suburban areas. They are active mainly at night, but they may hunt mice and other small prey at dawn and dusk and occasionally during the day. They are rarely dangerous to humans. To prevent contact between foxes and people or pet:
- Keep your cats indoors, especially at night. Foxes will sometimes prey on domestic cats.
- Build strong pens and fencing around rabbits and chickens, and keep the enclosures in good repair to prevent midnight raids.
- Try banging on a pot with a spoon or other loud noises to frighten away any foxes that have become so accustomed to humans that they do not run off when you appear.