An extremely rare incident

Monday 11th February 2013

Following the recent incident involving a fox and a baby in London, The Wildlife Trusts set out its position regarding urban foxes.

We do sympathise with the family and recognise the impact this incident has had.  We very much hope the child, Denny Dolan, makes a quick and full recovery.

Foxes are wild animals...  Fundamentally, it is us who need to consider what we do and change our behaviour

Fox attacks on people are extremely rare; most foxes usually go to great lengths to avoid contact with people.  By comparison, thousands of people are admitted to hospital with dog bites every year.

Fundamentally, it is us who need to consider what we do and change our behaviour.  Foxes are wild animals, not pets.  Feeding them only encourages them to develop a greater tolerance of people.  We all need to put food waste in closed, secure bins, beyond foxes’ reach.  Taking simple measures like these will ensure they rely on natural prey, such as rats, and the reduction in the overall amount of food available should lead to a fall in fox numbers.

This approach is the most effective way to control the urban fox population - and a solution that can be achieved without resorting to extreme measures.

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