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The fox is a member of the dog family and resembles a small dog in appearance, with reddish fur and usually a white tip to the tail. The sexes are similar in appearance but the male (dog) is usually larger, weighing about 6.5 kg and measuring 110 cm from tip of nose to tail and standing about 40 cm high at the shoulder. The female (vixen) is slightly smaller, weighing about 5.5 kg.
Foxes are mainly active at night and although they may be seen in the daytime they usually lie-up in thick cover. In urban areas there are plenty of suitable places along railway lines, in parks, cemeteries, on derelict land or in overgrown gardens. They may go to ground in earths or dens. Earths may be specially dug, occupied rabbit holes may be enlarged and taken over or may be part of a badger sett. They also use dens under sheds or other buildings even beneath the floors of houses. They have some limited ability to climb.
Conflict with Man
Many of the complaints made against foxes are about nuisance rather than serious damage. These include complaints about the noise from their screaming and barking, digging in gardens and allotments, leaving of food debris particularly in the area of breeding dens and interference with dustbins and rubbish bags.
Complaints of damage mainly concern the taking of livestock, game birds, poultry and domestic pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs. Cat fur is occasionally found in fox droppings, but this is usually thought to be as a result of foxes scavenging road casualties.
Control of foxes
It is essential to have a thorough understanding of foxes before control is undertaken. We would not recommend trapping as this causes unnecessary stress and suffering to the fox. Our methods are efficient and effective and demonstrate a total understanding of fox control.