The red fox is native to the British Isles, and widespread throughout mainland Britain.
Its adaptable and opportunistic nature has made it a successful species; however this has created a nuisance for people. Especially in rural situations, such problems can arise where livestock or game animals are kept.
We can control foxes using live catch traps that are baited and set in areas of known fox activity.
Foxes are becoming increasingly common in urban society and can cause problems in people’s gardens. This is a threat to the lives of pets. They are known carriers of sarcoptic mange (scabies), which is transferrable to humans. They also carry distemper virus which can be fatal for pets.
Although foxes are a welcome vision for some people around their homes or in parkland, foxes can cause significant damage – hence the need for fox control services. Foxes have only limited protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 but are protected from abuse and ill-treatment by the Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996.