Yes, foxes will bite through your tent or even claw their way in. Fox attacks are rare. If a fox attacks you then it is losing its natural fear of humans which is a sign that it is either rabid or has mange.
The most common type of fox you’ll come across in the US is the red fox. The red fox is about 12 to 35 inches in length and could be up to 2 feet in height. The red fox isn’t just red and has variations of silver and yellowish brown fur. Nonetheless, if you see a white tip on the tail then it’s definitely a red fox.
Yes, they are small and you can defend yourself and survive if a red fox attacks you. The fox is a cunning creature and moves swiftly. It’ll attack fast so you’ll have to use your fists and legs to attack back and use what’s around you at that moment to hit it and protect yourself. It has sharp teeth and sharp claws so don’t think that you’ll escape without any injuries.
It’s very rare that foxes attack human beings as they usually just mind their own business and flee when they come across a human. If the fox is attacking you then either it is protecting its kits or is sick or is just really hungry.
If you’re in a tent and foxes are a common sight in your area then you’re better off having tools in your tent to attack the fox with in case it bites through the tent. If you did spot a fox near your tent and made it run away don’t think that you’re safe. The fox may just re-appear after some time, for example, when you’re asleep and try to attack you when you’re vulnerable.
This means either you’re having some food items in your tent that is drawing the fox near or the fox is just sick and attacks anything it comes across. The fox usually eats birds, fish, frogs, rodents, rabbits or squirrels. They also eat some fruits and vegetables. If you’re having sandwiches or food items containing these then it is likely that the smell of food drew it near your tent.
So it would be best if you take necessary precautions with respect to food items and having some tools to defend yourself if you get attacked by a fox. If you do get attacked please call for medical help immediately as you’ll need some shots and antibiotics quickly post the attack to treat the wound and prevent any further infection.