Fox problem could be solved by ‘limited cull’, says Bromley councillor

PUBLISHED: 16:05 11 February 2013 | UPDATED: 16:05 11 February 2013

Could fox issue be solved with a cull? File picture: John Smith/iwitness

Could fox issue be solved with a cull? File picture: John Smith/iwitness

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There could be a case for a “limited cull” of urban foxes, according to a Bromley councillor in light of the attack on a four-weel-old baby in Downham.

Cllr Tim Stevens, cabinet member for public protection and safety, made the statement in an interview on BBC 5live yesterday.

He said: “Foxes are a big, big problem. There could be a case for a limited cull of foxes, it depends on making sure that all the boroughs, and indeed the neighbouring boroughs from Kent and Surrey, all get together.

“But of course the problem with foxes is that because there are so many of them, if you do kill them others will simply move into their place. And of course, there is likely to be public uproar because there is many people who love foxes.”

Denny Dolan was seriously injured after a fox entered his house in Dagonet Road, Downham, where he lives with his parents, named in reports as Hayley Banks Cawley, 28, and Paul Dolan.

The incident is not the first time foxes have attacked humans, prompting calls for a cull of the urban pests.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said more must be done to tackle the growing problem of urban foxes.

He said: “They may appear cuddly and romantic but foxes are also a pest and a menace, particularly in our cities.

“This must serve as a wake-up call to London’s borough leaders, who are responsible for pest control.

“They must come together, study the data, try to understand why this is becoming such a problem and act quickly to sort it out.”

Cass Barrett of London Fox Control said residents should stop putting food out for foxes or leaving rubbish around. He said he often heard of the animals coming through people’s cat flaps after being lured by the scent of pet food.

He said: “Foxes coming into people’s houses is nothing new in my experience.

“Foxes are quite accomplished climbers in that a ground floor window I wouldn’t imagine should cause too much of a problem for them to get in.”

He said his company uses humane methods to exterminate foxes it is called out to get rid of.

An RSPCA spokeswoman said the only reason a fox would attack a human is due to fear and it is “extremely unusual” for them to hurt children.

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