Fox Pest Control
Red Fox Description
Foxes as Pests
While they are beautiful creatures, foxes can be pests in the wrong setting. Foxes threaten the lives of pets and cause problems in people's gardens. Foxes carry sarcoptic mange (scabies), which can be transferred to humans. They also carry distemper virus which can be fatal for dogs and other beloved pets.
In the countryside, they are notorious for attacking free-range chickens, but can also attack lambs and kids (juvenile goats).
Fox Pest Control Methods
Fox populations are brought under control by using live catch traps. These are baited and placed in areas where the foxes are known to visit. These traps are checked at least once every 24 hours to ensure that the foxes are treated humanely. Failure to do this would breach the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Causing unnecessary suffering, whether deliberately or through neglect is an offence.