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Ha Ha... reading all your comments makes my day! Well, here I am again getting my gardes ship shape and getting rid of the weeds, hoeing and planting... and what do I see - that darned ginger tom who has not stepped foot in my garden all winter because it has been wet wet wet.... but now he is back and starting to create havoc as usual. I have just been to the local supermarket and purchased a large toy water gun, (all else has failed) - not not for my grandchildren they are out of the toy water gun stage now, but for me. I am going to keep it filled with water and shoot the darned ginger tom with COLD WATER because I know he does not like to get wet. I shall let you all know if it works. Love your comments.
Foxes are frightened of cats. Cats in my street chase the foxes. The foxes in my street are lovely but very timid creatures. God knows what the poor things must eat as there is precious little food for them in urban areas so I do put stuff out that Iwould otherwise put in the bin (why fill landsites when unwanted food can go to a good cause). People complain about foxes but remember they have to eat to and feed their young and its not their fault we are taking away their habitats. If we looked our wildlife better then maybe they wouldn't resort to the measure that some people claim they resort to looking for food. IF a fox was seen with a seagull then something must have been wrong with the gull or it was dead and sure it is a lie if a swan was seen in a fox's mouth - unless it was already dead.
I think foxes have taken up residence in urban areas because they can scavenge for food easily and - of course - are nowadays being encouraged to stay because people think they're "cute" and so on, and feed them, so I would argue against your view that there is precious little food for them. What there is, of course, is plenty of shelter and somewhere they can raise their young - under garden sheds and so on. I believe they will only stay and breed in places where they can easily find sources of food. Apparently people in the UK throw out an astonishing amount of foodstuff these days and dustbins etc are a relatively easy target for foxes - they don't have to stalk a dustbin!
I have to confess, however, that I did once put left-over dog food out for a few days for an injured fox. It had a mangled paw and had been investigating the contents of my dustbin for several days - despite the fact that there was nothing edible there apart from some chicken bones which were wrapped in newspaper. I hoped that perhaps it would recover fairly quickly - obviously wasn't fast enough on its uninjured three feet to catch a rabbit or rat - otherwise it would have had a lingering death I suppose. Maybe it was the same one which took one of my gardening boots and buried it in the shrubbery!