Viewer concerned about kit foxes that live near home

Viewer concerned about kit foxes that live near home »Play Video
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Their small size, cute faces and furry little bodies are enough to make any human who comes in contact with them say, "Awwww!" But, a family of kit foxes that live next to a southwest Bakersfield resident are a cause for concern.

Rufus Stevens lives in the Brookside Senior Center. The foxes are nocturnal, but he says they can be seen frequently during the day.

Although he agrees the animals are cute, he is concerned that the endangered species will be hit by cars or hurt in other ways if they aren't moved.

"I came close to running over one the other night. That is why I say something needs to be done," Stevens said.

He wanted to know if the Department of Fish and Game would consider moving the foxes for their safety.

On Thursday, Eyewitness News took Steven's questions to Department of Fish and Game officials. A representative tells us that although they can move the animals, in most cases, they choose not to.

"The reason is you are moving one animal from it's natural environment into another animal's territory. That's not a good thing. There is competition for territory," Fish and Game biologist Bill Asserson said.

Because of the foxes appearance people tend to want to get close to the animals, but Asserson said it is best not to.

"Do not feed the kit fox, don't make friends them and don't pet them because you run the risk of getting bitten," Asserson said.

He also added that it is a crime to feed kit foxes due to their status. If you are caught feeding the animals you could face a fine and a misdemeanor.