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  • #62405
    GSPmad
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    If anyone else has read Raymond Coppinger’s Dogs book (I’ve actually only read the first chapter so far but it gave me a thought!!  :surprise: )… the stuff about the foxes and selecting for the tamer ones meant piebald coats doggier noises and floppier ears came as part of the territory….

    ….it got me to thinking about urban foxes – red foxes… which are ridiculously ‘tame’ for what is supposed to be a wild animal. remember virtually coming face to face with one with three cubs walking up from by the canal in leicester one night… and in grimsby was one trotting along the road that i couldn’t work out what it was till bushy tail and cocking leg up lamppost (it was dark btw!!  😀 ) made me realise…

    ….so… first, does anyone know if there are any differences between rural not so tame red foxes and the urban ones physically\ bark wise etc? second – stemming from this theory do you think it likely that there will be? and thirdly – do you think urban foxes will ever become tame to the point where they will start living as pets – and if so in the selection for that tameness do you think there will be further linked changes?

    Discuss.  ;D

    #70285
    kizkiznobite
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    doG yes… ::) my eldest sis…feed fox…fox dont hunt no more…feed pheasants…dont have man fear anymore….have pics…mr fox and wife and cubs…eating next to mr pheasant and chicks  ::)

    mrs fox…actually comes to garden gate and ‘woofs’  ::) but then my eldest sis is nuts in the bestest possible way  🙂

    #70286
    Anonymous
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    Hi,

    the fox that i met staggering home up to crookes one night after a few too many in the SU certainly seemed friendly it stopped rootling through the bin it had found to share some of my kebab … from my hand !!!

    i would imagine that unless flipping recycling frenzy has hit crookes its offspring probably live up there still easy pickings from student leftovers 😀

    Claire x

    #70287
    GSPmad
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    whereabouts in crookes did you live? i know crookes….

    #70288
    Anonymous
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    We never see foxes in the gardens or on the road unless they are on the main roads squashed  :hurt:

    #70289

    I live next to an urban farm, been there about 20 years, they have five foxes in their bottom field, been seen running along our street and Alex and I see them frequently in the playpark at the bottom of the street, very flighty, beautiful and super quick, I always think its a real treat to see them as I don’t think I’d ever seen one before I moved here last year.

    #70290
    *Nick*
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    In my entire life I think I’ve seen 3 foxes. 1 was sunning itself on a golf course.  🙂  I guess Raccoons would be our equivalent.  Never understood why people killed foxes either  :confused:

    #70291
    GSPmad
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    [quote author=*Nick* link=topic=12821.msg246876#msg246876 date=1224878972]
    In my entire life I think I’ve seen 3 foxes. 1 was sunning itself on a golf course.  🙂   I guess Raccoons would be our equivalent.   Never understood why people killed foxes either  :confused:
    [/quote]

    You aint seen how many there are over here – and on a densely populated island they are also quite a risk for newly born lambs as everyone, animals and human, live in such close proximity.

    #70292
    *Nick*
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    Methinks y’all have some control issues  😉 :canadian:

    #70293
    GSPmad
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    don’t look at me nick – i am childless!!!!  😀

    #70294
    Anonymous
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    nick – they take lambs / sheep / chickens …. thats why ppl traditionally didnt want them around

    #70295
    *Nick*
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    ya, I know…that’s what they eat.

    #70296
    GSPmad
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    Au contraire Nick – the urban foxes eat cat food people put out for them, meat scraps from rubbish tips, etc etc.  😉

    #70297
    Anonymous
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    i didnt – i was going home with … erm .. i believe the current “in term” is ‘friends with priviledges’ 😀

    lived in gleadless – in the 1960’s flats near “the blackstock” pub

    then up chesterfield road – meersbrook park

    claire x

    #70298
    *Nick*
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    [quote author=GSPmad link=topic=12821.msg246923#msg246923 date=1224882994]
    Au contraire Nick – the urban foxes eat cat food people put out for them, meat scraps from rubbish tips, etc etc.  😉
    [/quote]

    yup, same as raccoons …..and bears…….and polar bears…..and weasels……..and etc  ;D

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