Foxes: Urban Areas

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 13th September 2018.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance his Department has provided to local authorities on the elimination of foxes from urban areas.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Advice on the management of foxes is available on GOV.UK and from Natural England.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/foxes-moles-and-mink-how-to-protect-your-property-from-damage

There is no statutory duty on local authorities, or anyone else, to control foxes in their areas. The Government’s policy is that landowners and individuals are free to manage wildlife within the law; this includes local authorities. The decision on whether or not to control foxes lies with the owner or occupier of the property where the problem occurs.

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