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Going Foxing

Going Foxing, is a new book containing more information about the fox. The large number of colour photographs shows, in some detail, much about the natural history of this intelligent animal.

The use of firearms is covered and will allow the reader to become more effective in their use.

The Book is A4 in size.

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Foxing with Lamp And Rifle

Foxing with Lamp And Rifle is full of useful knowledge about the red fox and contains a wealth of information about shooting. It should be in the library of everyone interested in the subject.

This edition is the last one and there is no intention to print any more when it is sold out.

The Book is A4 in size.

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The red fox’s conflicts with man

The red fox is the only wild member of the dog family that lives in the British Isles. It is very intelligent and soon adapts to differing opportunities. It is present in a wide range of diverse environments and can be found from the highlands of Scotland to central areas of major cities. It is an opportunistic feeder and some of its prey brings it into conflict with man. From the taking of small farmed animals, the loss of pets, the taking of game birds and beasts through to the predation of endangered wildlife in a reserve can all elicit a lethal response. In spite of this pressure the number of foxes continues to rise in many places. Where there is an abundance of food for the fox and little motive to kill the annual surplus, numbers have risen to very high levels. In many towns or cities foxes may be seen in the day as they have lost all fear of man. At night they are moving everywhere. There is now so much food available from discarded take-aways or waste that some foxes have become obese. Food put out for other wildlife or pets is also readily available. Some people love to see ‘their’ fox and put out food to be able to watch foxes arrive at their evening feeding time. The main limiting factor for urban fox numbers is the high possibility of being killed or maimed by road traffic.

In towns where foxes are considered to be a nuisance, perhaps from damage to flowerbeds, fouling in a garden or perhaps from the loss of a pet. Sometimes they can be fenced out but a fox may still be determined to gain entry. They are often trapped or very occasionally shot by pest control agencies. Sometimes the captured foxes are also killed. But often the person paying for the removal of the fox does not wish to be responsible for its death. They ask for the captive to be taken away and released. This often results in naive animals being released into a hostile environment. Their release can result in increased pressure on local prey unless they are quickly killed due to their inexperience. Sometimes they are released into ‘safe’ sites, which are only safe whilst the foxes remain within that area. As soon as they start to travel they become vulnerable.

Any solution to a perceived problem needs to be carefully evaluated first. Foxes are welcome on many arable farms and forestry because they cause no economic damage and prey on other wildlife that eat the crops or young trees. In true wilderness where there are only natural sources of food then fox numbers will be at a low level and they will often remain unmolested by man. Where man considers the fox is playing a roll that is impinging on his interests then the decision to kill the fox may be taken. And that is mans decision alone.

Going Foxing - Robert Bucknell - 2010