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Offline thedoc

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Does fox hunting actually work as pest control?
« on: 16/07/2015 18:38:27 »
Does fox hunting actually work as a form of pest control?

Read the article then tell us what you think...
« Last Edit: 16/07/2015 18:38:27 by _system »


 

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« Reply #1 on: 17/07/2015 09:03:40 »
You missed out the lurchers & terriers it then actually equates to more foxes than shooting (before the ban, and probably still), usual mistake when people dont actually know what they are talking about!
 

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« Reply #2 on: 17/07/2015 13:58:04 »
I learnt a lot from this article, thanks.

Would just add that foxes are territorial and for territorial animals population size is mainly dictated by food availability.  I've read litter sizes (for foxes, badgers, etc) are larger where the territory is under-populated for the amount of food available.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 17/07/2015 16:43:57 »
Hi Michael, the Baker and MacDonald paper does address the use of terriers in fox management.  Their data suggests only 19% of farmers believed terriers were an effective form of controlling foxes.  The current debate and the article surrounds removing the 2 dog limit for flushing during hunting.  Currently, the law only permits a single terrier to be used below ground and hunting foxes with lurchers is prohibited by law.  As far as I'm aware these laws aren't to change with the new proposed amendment so these weren't included in this discussion.  This is my understanding from the Countryside Alliance documentation but I appreciate that hunting methods vary in their effectiveness.
 

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Re: Does fox hunting actually work as pest control?
« Reply #4 on: 19/09/2015 13:00:31 »
This article seems to be very interesting and proves to be a good read.But I'll still rely on the old professional methods as there are no solid proof that this methods will work.I regularly consult [GRATUITOUS SPAM REMOVED - NO THANKS] for all pest related problems.
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