Editor's comment: Is Bristol council's policy on foxes an excuse to do nothing?
IT'S not so long ago that the presence of urban foxes in Bristol was enough to spur a TV documentary and at least one book. They celebrated these foxes rather than presenting them as a threat or a danger.
Now, perhaps inevitably in the aftermath of the attack on the baby in London the focus has shifted.
Are there perhaps too many urban foxes in Bristol? Should we be concerned about them? Could they attack our children? And should the council act to control them.
Mention a cull and you will inevitably provoke a debate and people will take sides.
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Whatever your view it is fairly easy to appreciate the opposite standpoint.
What is puzzling, to say the least however, is Bristol City Council's position. It is that the fox population regulates itself.
Or to put it another way up to 50 per cent of the city's foxes get killed by cars each year so that keeps their numbers down.
And if you cull foxes they apparently produce more vixens to compensate. This turn disrupts the population and causes fights over territory. Said quickly it sounds plausible but it also sounds like an excuse for doing nothing.
And if half of the city's foxes are killed by traffic each year shouldn't we see them lying dead by the side of the roads?