The Urban Fox

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The myths and the facts

Foxes are often made out as pests by those who want to persecute them, but the facts don’t support the demonisation of this iconic British species. Here we bust some common fox myths…  

Myth: Foxes are just vermin and are not wanted by the public
Fact: Foxes are one of Britain’s most popular mammals – according to a recent Mammal Society survey. And despite the media hype, only 8% of people dislike urban foxes while 66% of people are fans.

Myth: Foxes cost farmers money
FactFoxes are farmers’ friends. By feeding on rabbits, the staple diet of rural foxes, they save British crop farmers around £7 million every year. In its lifetime, one fox is worth up to £900 in extra revenue to farmers.

Myth: Foxes numbers are increasing especially in urban areas
Fact: Fox numbers in the UK are stable. Annual surveys show that rural numbers have remained around 225,000 adults for the past decade. Urban numbers are holding steady at 33,000, although bad human habits may be causing an increase in boldness.

MythFoxes kill a significant number of lambs so need to be controlled
Fact: Foxes are often easy scapegoats. According to Defra, 95% of lamb losses are due to poor farming practices, with confirmed losses to foxes less than 1%.Fox predation does not have a major impact on sheep farms. All predators combined (foxes being only one of many) and misadventures (accidents) account for just 5% of all lamb losses per year in Britain.

Myth: You have to control fox numbers
FactKilling foxes does not control fox numbers. A dead animal leaves an empty territory that is filled by a new fox within 2-3 days. Fox numbers are controlled by food and territory availability.

Myth: Foxes kill for pleasure
FactFoxes don’t waste food. If they find or kill more than they can eat at one sitting, they bury (cache) the food to eat later.

Myth: Foxes are damaging to woodland.
FactFoxes help forests grow. By feeding on field voles and rabbits, the species that do the most damage in young plantations, foxes help reduce economic losses to forestry.

MythFoxes are an urban menace and constantly raid rubbish bins
FactFoxes are far too small to tip over a dustbin full of rubbish. To scavenge from bins they jump on top and knock the lid off. This is easily prevented by using bins with locking lids or securing the lid with a bungee cord.

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The use of dogs in attacks on wildlife is common in our countryside.

As most of you know and some have made it quite clear (people that are on board with hunting) that I protest against hunting but it isn’t just about foxes and badgers but also the dogs that are involved in hunts.

Our wildlife is important after all we are suppose to be a nation of animal lovers which unfortunately seems something that most people in this country seems to have forgotten but in this post I’m going to make it quite clear on why hunting is wrong not just for foxes and badgers but also for the hounds involved too!

I’m going to tell a little story of a Patterdale terrier which has a dark past linked with illegal hunting. This poor girl has been named Pudding and when she came into the RSPCA she was suffering from horrific injuries and was in excruciating pain, the result of being forced to hunt foxes and badgers illegally. She has a large part of her mouth missing.

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Injuries to both wildlife and dogs are among the worst that they have ever seen said the RSPCA. When badgers are concerned this is especially true! Although cute but when cornered, these mammals can be ferocious and can tear at the face and jaw of a dog. Another disturbing thing is that despite receiving these horrifying injuries the dogs are rarely seen by a vet but instead owners do DIY to fix the wounds to avoid attracting unwelcome attention.

So it’s not just wildlife but also the dogs involved.

Butt hurt pro-hunters and farmers…

YOUR ARGUMENT IS INVALID.

Learn more about Puddings story at: http://blogs.rspca.org.uk/insights/2013/09/02/the-story-of-pudding-the-rescue-dog/#.UijwA9K-qFA

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Tale of good will

So I’ve been doing work experience at a local surgery which is why I haven’t really been updating as much as I once did but I’m going to try as much as possible to change that.

Over these past few weeks I have been learning about becoming a receptionist and I personally don’t think I’ve been doing that well but the others have said otherwise and that I have picked it up quite quickly. Overall I’m quite enjoying myself and I really hope that I get a job out of this whether it be at the surgery where I am currently or even at a vets!

When I said in my local area it sort of is but it’s just outside and I’ve been exploring the area around where I work at lunch and I found a Blue Cross charity shop which I found myself going to every lunchtime. I walk around the shop browsing for anything that catches my eye but if I don’t find anything I just put some money in the donation box but I have gotten some pretty nice stuff from there especially a lovely brown dog cuddly toy with a rose in it’s mouth which I have named Max.

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