Increase in foxes is all down to us humans
The recent fox attack on a baby in London has reignited the demand for a cull of urban foxes by some city dwellers.
While the incident was tragic, it was a rare occurrence. The risk posed by dogs vastly outweighs any risk posed by foxes.
The increasing number of foxes in urban areas is the result of loss of habitat, caused by humans, and plentiful food in our streets, discarded by humans. In the 1800s, fox hunts imported many thousands of foxes from Europe to increase numbers in lowland areas for hunting. Humans are to blame for the increased number of foxes in cities.
Mr R M Brooker said the public should "think twice about feeding the violent, verminous creatures" ("Foxes attack – don't feed them", Mailbox, February 16). With an estimated 33,000 urban foxes in the UK, the number of people feeding them deliberately is insignificant.
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As more of the countryside is lost to urbanisation and as it seems unlikely our slovenly ways of food disposal will improve, we should learn to live with foxes.
Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone.