The Fox is the symptom ?
A strange title you may think ?
More and more we are being ask to cater for Foxes that have taken up residence in an inappropriate location.
As you are aware, Urban Wildlife exclude Foxes (along with other species) as opposed to other methods that are available.
Some times our clients are quite perplexed by our stance that “The fox is the symptom now what is the problem”
For some reason humans as a species can not understand that animals need three basic things to survive in any environment.
Food – Access to food and foraging is the most important thing to any species
Harbourage – The need for shelter; warmth and a dry place of refuge will also count heavily when choosing a place of residence
Water – Access to water is also high on the agenda whilst considering residency
With the above in mind it is easy to see how simple management techniques can help when dealing with unwanted and sometimes unwelcome wildlife.
To take away even one of the above factors can greatly reduce the chances of a species living where it is not welcome. When we look at the average territory of an urban Fox lets say 500 meters square how many of the above can we find in this small area?
Gardens and gardeners habits, including their attitudes have changed greatly over the last four or five decades. In an average street as many as 60% of the gardens will have some form of decking or patio area there will be carefully manicured lawns, a selection of ponds and bird tables and feeders galore.
In the mind of the the Urban Fox this is indeed a favourable territory, BUT … this is when the conflict comes to life ! – Foxes are not always welcome guests under decking or the garden shed that was placed on wooden beams, not on concrete.
Dilapidated fences with rotten panels and bent posts are ideal for foxes to make there way through their territory unseen, unnoticed or with a degree of protection. Again humans complain about the foxes presence and find it unnerving that he can jump through rotten fencing or scale panels of up to six feet tall.
Additionally Foxes can and will boundary mark territories with faeces and urine spray but to the owner of a freshly cut and manicured lawn and garden this is completely unacceptable.
Time and time again we are asked to remove these “problem Foxes”
When we take into account the harbourage, the food, the water and the foraging is it any wonder that foxes find the human such an accommodating bed fellow?
When they said “Give them a place to live and they will come” did they just mean our feathered friends ?!
The fox is the symptom …. now what is the problem ???