Foxes

Foxes can be found in both the Scottish countryside and urban areas, with higher numbers in central and east Scotland.

FoxThey are mostly active at night but can be seen during the daytime when disturbed, in mid-winter mating periods and when feeding cubs.

The greatest risk to foxes is road traffic accidents, which accounts for over 60% of fox deaths in the UK.

Frequently see a fox or foxes in your garden?

Chances are they have a good source of food nearby. Foxes are brilliant scavengers.

Providing food for foxes should be thoroughly considered, as although you may enjoy seeing them, your neighbours might not. This could result in action being taken to deter them from visiting the area.

Never try to tame a fox, or hand feed them.

Having an issue with foxes?

If you have an issue with foxes, ensure you remove any sources of food from the area, remove potential shelters, put up fencing or prickly plants around the garden.

You can also purchase a fox repellent product, widely available from garden centres, which can be used to deter foxes. However, extra care must be taken to follow the instructions, as each product is prepared and approved for use against certain animals in the specified way.

It is illegal to use any substance to deter foxes that has not been approved for such use.

Found an injured fox?

If you discover a sick or injured fox, contact our animal helpline on 03000 999 999. We rehabilitate and release injured and orphaned foxes at our National Wildlife Centre.

Never try to contain a fox – you risk hurting yourself and the animal.

 

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