Foxes should not be harmed

Cape Breton Post - - Editorial - Paulette Kra­sowski Syd­ney

I have had the priv­i­lege of foxes liv­ing on my prop­erty for sev­eral years now. They rou­tinely make their dens and rear their young here. I con­sider this a real com­ple­ment since foxes only dwell where they feel safe.

This year, as usual, the den con­tains beau­ti­ful, healthy young ones.

In the past I have heard talk about hav­ing them trapped and even shot. Af­ter speak­ing to DNR, I was re­as­sured it is il­le­gal to know­ingly hurt, kill or trap a fox. Only a li­censed trap­per can live-trap them and only to re­lo­cate them to another safe place.

I can­not un­der­stand why any­one would want to harm these crea­tures. They will not harm a hu­man, they are more afraid of us than we are of them. If ap­proached, they will run away from you. They are quite ben­e­fi­cial as they help to keep the ro­dent pop­u­la­tion down such as squir­rels and mice.

Some­one told me that foxes are mem­bers of the rac­coon fam­ily. They are not. They are mem­ber of the ca­nine fam­ily. Any­one who feels threat­ened by foxes please do some re­search. You may be sur­prised at what you dis­cover.

To­day my grand­daugh­ter and I wit­nessed a very sad oc­cur­rence. We watched help­lessly as one of the adult foxes lay and vom­ited in our yard and then wan­dered into the woods. I don’t know what be­came of the ba­bies.

Our con­clu­sion is that some­one put poi­son out for them. If true, not only would as this a cruel thing to do but highly il­le­gal. All kinds of wildlife will be ex­posed to this poi­son as it goes through the food chain.

This is my first ex­pe­ri­ence with this type of be­hav­ior. If you don’t like the woods and all it has to of­fer, why live here? The city is the best place for you to be.

The world and it’s peo­ple are chang­ing but not for the bet­ter. It’s sad to think the younger gen­er­a­tion grow­ing up has this be­hav­iour as a role model to fol­low.

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