No empty cartridges — 12 Comments

  1. I suspect we had one in the garden here recently as Eliot came in smelling as he used to in Magherally! Fox or badger…. not a pleasant smell in the house (or outside the house either).

  2. Gunfire on the Lisburn Road would definitely be inadvisable. Perhaps you could start the first city pack of beagles!

  3. During the recent snowy weather I lay awake in the early hours listening to two foxes crying to each other. The light reflecting from the snow and the sound of the foxes barking, moving closer and then further away before returning, was haunting. but strangely calming.

  4. Of course they’re feral here and great urbanites. I didn’t know a dog could get close enough to ‘catch’ anything. Lily hates them and has quite a different bark when they’re round but I couldn’t bring myself to pot shot at them.

  5. Foxes are strange creatures, and can make unearthly noises. I was told that the replacement of bin bags with wheelie bins would mean their food supply would be reduced and they would disappear – there has been no sign of any reduction in their numbers.

    The infection is transferred through their excrement. The dogs need to be taught to be more discerning!

    My shooting skills would be described by a sentence that included “barn door” and “banjo”.

  6. Foxes may be beautiful to look at but they are a nuisance particularly in urban areas. I wonder how much the anti hunting lobby is responsible for the increase in numbers…. that and the waste of food thrown or left carelessly lying about in cities these days?

  7. The lobby doesn’t really exist here – Dublin is surrounded by hunts in Counties Wicklow, Kildare and Meath – and council regulations concerning waste disposal have become so strict that there would not appear to be that much chance of scavenging. I’m beginning to wonder if Reynard has managed some evolutionary leap to being able to manage traffic and find food in unpromising places.

  8. There’s more foxes living in the towns and cities than in the countryside now……due to the fact that its easier for them to find food…….If I were a fox I think I’d prefer cooked, ready plucked KFC chicken rather than the ones I’d have to catch!!!!!!!! Unfortunately now because of Man and his constant need for ready food the Fox has become vermin and needs controlling…..I say lift the ban…the hunt would have some fun chasing foxy through Exeter city centre !!!!!!

  9. We have healthy looking red-coated foxes round our way, not the scabby emaciated city animals. I sometimes encounter them at night on the lanes into our village. They pad across the roadway, pausing for a moment to turn and observe me, and then pad on. No sound. I always feel like I should gained a morsel of wisdom from the meeting. It tends to prove elusive however.

  10. Perhaps the drab greyness of the city foxes is part of an evolutionary leap – the bright red ones would quickly be spotted here, especially by local kids I see out with lurchers.

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