Urban Foxes in Ireland

Today’s Irish Times has an article about urban foxes in Ireland. Interesting, both because we have urban foxes in Canberra, and also because foxes are also an introduced species in Ireland – they only got the the Emerald Isle in the 1800’s, introduced by the Anglo-Irish landowning class so they could  have something else to kill – much as happened in Australia.

The other interesting this is that it’s lack of their primary food source – rabbits – not persecution that has caused the fox to move into urban centres in Ireland – and the obvious question is whether changes in rabbit population or agricultural practices have had a similar effect in Canberra

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