People concerned after doorbell cameras catch family of foxes in neighborhood

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Some Gwinnett County residents say they have trespassers night after night, and it’s all over their security cameras.

They have foxes — a whole family of them.

Many people who live in the neighborhood told Channel 2′s Berndt Petersen that they have doorbell cameras that are linked to their phones and the foxes keep turning up.

Fred Major said his military career taught him to be aware of his surroundings.

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“Oh, you definitely should be cautious at all times,” Major said.

Something a number of his Gwinnett County neighbors are now doing after their doorbell cameras recently recorded a family of foxes.

“We have foxes all throughout the metro Atlanta area,” said Kaitlin Goode, urban wildlife manager with the Department of Natural Resources.


Goode said that unlike coyotes, which are big enough to sometimes snatch a cat or small dog, foxes stick to catching rodents.

One neighbor’s camera caught a fox that was out in broad daylight rolling around in a yard, but they generally come out in the middle of the night.

“It’s pretty typical behavior for them. We usually don’t see it because we’re asleep,” Goode said.

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Goode told Petersen that the only time they’re considered dangerous is if they’re rabid. That happened a few years back in the same neck of the woods.

Major said that’s why you need to watch your back.

“It’s the nature of destroying the woods where they used to live. So, we have to adapt,” Major said.

DNR told Petersen that loaded trash cans and pet food left outside attracts the rodents, which in turn bring the foxes.