Fox populations are relatively stable and self regulating according to the availability of habitat and food. Foxes are classed as wild animals, not pests, and the Council has no statutory powers or legal rights to eradicate foxes on private or other land.

Foxes can be a nuisance at times, particularly during the mating season but the problem of fox noise is seasonal and lasts for just a couple of weeks.

Foxes will sometimes tear rubbish sacks apart and leave the contents strewn all over the street. However, other animals, including pet cats and dogs, can be responsible for doing that too.

Frequently asked questions about foxes

In the past few years there have been some reports of attacks on children. Thankfully these are extremely rare. Statistically, the risk that foxes pose is very small indeed. The risk from dangerous dogs is far greater.
As well as denying foxes a source of food or shelter, there are a few other steps you can take to deal with a fox that is living in your garden. You can use an appropriate animal repellent to discourage the animal (for example a non toxic chemical such as Scoot, Stay Off, Get Off My Garden or Wash Off and Get Off) Always read the manufacturer's label and follow their instructions before using.
The Council will offer practical advice and information about foxes and how we can make our homes and the streets less attractive to them.
We remove dead animals from the public highway, roads and foot paths, but not privately owned land. You can report a dead fox online or contact the Council on 01932 838383.