The fox - a bad neighbour
Posted on: 20th February 2015
One of the more sickening things about foxes is that they will kill for sport, even when they do not need to provide for their cubs. I can remember many a February morning when I found puzzled ewes trying to nose the corpses of their lambs – whose throats had been torn by foxes – to their feet.
In one awful year, foxes also killed our ducks, chickens, and geese. At one point all but one of a flock of Khaki Campbell laying ducks were taken. It was in broad daylight and within twenty yards of me. How foxes manage to silence their victims so effectively I do not know.
In such circumstances, the only thing you can do is to make your animal housing as fox proof as you can (not an easy task), bring the flock in and launch a counter attack with traps and guns. One farmer near us shot a number of foxes and hung them up on a barbed wire fence as a deterrent. Not everyone was impressed with this grisly sight, but that farmer had my complete sympathy. An uncontrolled fox population can wreak total havoc.