It is very rare for foxes to attack humans but if they are very distressed then they can occasionally bite, although foxes are not aggressive by nature.
In British inner cities the abundance of shelter and food has allowed the so-called urban fox to thrive in recent years and awareness of the environment we are creating is important if we wish to discourage them. As fox numbers are on the rise in cities and towns, it is wise to know how to minimise the risk of fox attacks.
To avoid foxes coming into your garden, try to remove or protect any temptations such as bird feed, pet food, rubbish and compost. Close the door to sheds and garages and make sure to block any spaces for hiding.
Injuries in the garden are more likely to be caused by slips, trips and falls than foxes but they can be a nuisance and cause damage.
One other method that seems to work is to put some bad tasting food out for the foxes, adding a bitter-tasting chemical to milk or chicken carcasses will start an association in the mind of the fox that will discourage it from continuing to scavenge in this way. Of course this isn’t immediately effective but some studies have suggested it shows promise.
You can use chemical repellents but there are only certain ones certified including Scoot, Get Off My Garden and Wash and Get Off, although the evidence for their effectiveness seems to be patchy.
Sound deterrents which have a motion-sensor can also be used but are not guaranteed to keep the animal out.
In the case of fencing, electrical options are the most effective but are not necessarily suitable in an urban environment and so you should consider at least a 6ft height with a wire overhang of 300mm to prevent the fox leaping over. If the fence is positioned on ground that is soft enough to dig into, then a wire mesh should also be added going at least 18 inches beneath the earth to reduce the chance of burrowing.
Educating children not to touch wild animals such as foxes will lessen the risk of the creature defending itself against an overzealous youngster. This will lessen the risk of injury from fox attacks but keeping an eye on young children to avoid trips, falls and slips is important.
Some companies who deal with pest control will kill foxes but the costs of killing and disposing is high and generally the territory will usually be re-occupied by other foxes after a culling.
If you have suffered an injury in the last three years which was somebody else’s fault, maybe as the result of a fall, trip or slip, then you may be able to claim for compensation. Calling Accident Advice Helpline on our Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, will enable you to discuss your claim with one of our friendly advisors, with no obligation to proceed further.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice