Foxes invade neighborhoods in Galva

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A town southeast of the Quad Cities has become something of a haven for foxes. What they thought was cute, at first, has become concerning.

"It's just something you don't see in your front yard," said Galva native Tahnee Watson.

She sees it multiple times a day, groups of foxes come trotting by, and they have been seen throughout the city.

"I've had eight in our yard the other night," said Watson.

"I have six pups that play out by my apartment," said neighbor Karla Sterling.

Neighbors say some of the foxes hide out in abandoned homes.  Watson says it's starting to be an issue and an annoyance.

"It sounds horrible. Like someone, you know, being killed or hurt.  It's really scary," said Watson.

She captured video on her cell phone of the foxes screaming.

"The city or someone needs to do something about it," said Watson.

Neighbors are starting to worry about their kids and pets.

"I don't know if they will attack you, but it makes me leery," said Watson.

Watson says the visitors have overstayed their welcome.

"At first it was neat, and we could take a picture and, 'Oh, look, there's foxes living in the neighborhood,' but now its getting to be a little much," said Watson.

An animal control specialist in Galva said they were trying to get an accurate count of the animals.  Meanwhile, crews were boarding up those vacant homes.


  • R Richardson

    There are red foxes in East Moline as well, I have seen them many times around the St. Mary’s Cemetary, both daytime & at night.

  • carshon engelbarts

    sure it is great when you can take a picture but when it becomes inconvenient for the human they want to remove them. What about trying to live together?

  • Heather

    All of you gripping about this need to just stop we have destroyed their habitats and homes for ever now and it make no sense to get upset about them trying to figure it out in a human world they probably don’t have to many more options and it’s pathetic for you all to think its a problem ….. It’s nature and that’s what happens we give them no place to go so they live where they can

  • Brenrt

    well being that Galva has been here for over 170 years as a small town community, and this is a new problem it has nothing to do with the town destroying the habitats of these animals. Packs of fox, wolves or whatever aren’t a safe option in your local neighborhood when there are children outside and pets. Whats pathetic Heather and Carshon, is your ignorant conclusion that we live in a Disney film where we sing along with birds and animals.

  • KJ

    I really hope before they board up the houses they look under floorboards inside the house and in the basements for kits…that’s a baby fox for those of you who don’t know…

  • just a Mom who grew up on a farm.

    I figure they moved into the empty houses because they are infested with mice. Fox love mice.

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