Please don’t tell me they really do that

Having a pair of foxes treat your garden as their territory is not an easy thing to live with, and it got to the stage where the attacks on our hens became almost a daily occurence and in broad daylight every time. They weren’t always successful, but then one particular killing made me realise, we were dealing with an unnatural invader – a released town fox, had to be.

Now I have lived in the countryside all my adult life. I love nature, I love my wildlife and when keeping livestock you do your upmost to keep them safe but when you’re up against something that doesn’t belong there, the natural balance of the area is thrown.

Never in my life did I think I would witness a fox kill a cockerel right in front of me, but that’s exactly what happened. I’d let the ‘girls’ and Stan out for a run as I was there with them. Half past one in the afternoon it was, in our garden with me just a couple of feet away from him. You’d think a screaming woman with arms flailing would do the trick, but no and then came an image which will stay with me for a very long time.

I had been in touch with the local farmer but it’s difficult to come out in the day when you’ve got work to do, but the next day the vixen was back this time, again in the garden. No hens out and me by a phone which saw the farmer come round in 10 minutes, and within another 10, vixen was shot and killed.

Where the dog fox is I don’t know, possibly gone to look for another mate, we’ll wait and see but following a few enquiries, it appears that farmer friends have had similar happenings, including one in the summer who had a fox go for him in his yard. Going back to his house to get his gun, on return it went for him again and once dead, my pal could see how skinny it was and then the shocker – poor creature only had three legs, the other one had been professionally amputated! The animal wouldn’t have stood a chance of survival, who in their right mind had done that? Also another friend was telling me about a hired gun who had shot a dog fox, only to find he’d been castrated!

If town foxes are being caught and then released in the countryside then it is immoral, cruel, wrong, going against nature, irresponsible – the list goes on. My thoughts for the short term are with the lambs which are due, they won’t stand a chance against a fox with no fear and that’s the problem – they should be scared, that’s how the balance of nature works.

The people and organisations who think they’re doing good – they haven’t a ruddy clue.

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2 thoughts on “Please don’t tell me they really do that

  1. Hi Katie, I used to listen to you when I lived at Mathon, so nice to be back in touch!!SWe had exactly the same problem when we had poultry and sheep and in fact used an old bantem as “bait” and my late husband shot 32 foxes ( all dogs) in one month! There is no way there would be that number of dogs in one place but we were “told” that they were caught in towns where lovely people fed them until they became a problem there, then they were caught and brought to the countyrside for a “better” life. The poor things had no idea how to hunt for wild life and thus tried to come to a self service. Don’t know how you’re going to get over the problem but wish you luck! Caroline.

    • Lovely to hear from you Caroline & kind of you to get in touch. Looks like this ‘town’ fox releasing in the countryside is nothing new and only now are noises starting to be heard. RSPCA admit they used to release but no longer but there are many more organisations doing similar work. Please keep in touch, Katie x

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