I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that seeing a fox or a raccoon during the day meant that the animal was rabid. (And yes, I see a lot of those critters where I live.) According to this story, that’s not necessarily the case:
So it might be a little reassuring to know that seeing a fox, either gray or red, (or a raccoon) during the day, especially in breeding season, doesn’t mean it is rabid, said Dr. Allan Adair, a veterinarian with Animal Medical Center and Bayside Veterinarian Clinic.
“It’s normal for them to come out,” he said.
Yes, most of the time when I see foxes and raccoons in my yard it is at night. But occasionally, I see them during the day. I saw them more often before Hurricane isabel came thru and we lost eight trees. But we still have them – and the possum, and the various water fowl – hanging out on our property.
I say let ’em alone. After all, they were here before we were.