Image credit: Vulpes vulpes, originally uploaded by Robert Silverwood
I cheated a bit for this one – instead of my usual random trawling through the Wow! image pool I deliberately looked for one with a fox in it, because of the story I heard on the radio about the increasing population of foxes in Sydney and other Australian urban conglomerations. They’re all over the place, following green zones and stormwater drains right onto the beaches and into the national parks.
If only they weren’t so fatal to our small native mammals (there are concerns that a breeding pair might finally have made it to Tasmania, last redoubt of the eastern quoll). Foxes are amazingly adaptable and whenever I have seen them in the wild I’ve been amazed by their beauty as well. But we don’t have the large predators to keep their numbers in check, so baiting it must be (unless we take Professor Dickman’s idea seriously – reintroduce dingoes instead, and use llamas and alpacas as watch animals to protect livestock against the foxes).
Anyway, watch out for your own pets if you’re in an area where foxes are being seen – someone will be putting down baits, guaranteed.