“The society which has abolished every kind of adventure makes its own abolition the only possible adventure.” Paris, May 1968

Monday, 7 June 2010

Not so cuddly after all.

It is hardly surprising that foxes have gravitated towards our cities. The fox is an opportunist happy to hunt or scavenge and the huge amount of food that we discard makes for an easy existence. I very much doubt that urban foxes can be controlled without depriving them of their food supply but the attack on two babies in North London might at least dissuade people from deliberately encouraging them. The feeding of urban foxes is part of the "furry bunny" view of nature that has come to dominate the world of conservation and natural history. The shallow anthropomorphic wildlife programmes churned out by the BBC probably don't help.
Foxes are wild animals to be respected, admired from a distance and controlled where necessary. Like any wild animal a fox that has lost it's fear of man is a potential threat.

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