London: Foxes to be Culled?

Old Dec 9th, 2014, 12:00 AM
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The incident was in Northumbria, and they are certain,from the tracks they said, that the perpetrator was a fox or foxes.It happened when their large dog, which normally slept with the sheep, was overnight at the vet.

They are experienced farmers and I have no reason to doubt them.
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Old Dec 9th, 2014, 12:13 AM
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" this will be a big battle perhaps. "

A cull is a planned (supposedly) operation to reduce or even eliminate a total population in a given area, and no-one's talking about that. It would all be too overtly grisly (and still, most likely, as ineffectual as the attempted badger culls in the countryside), and that would never do. However, discreet pest control of the kind the article talks about is exactly the kind of thing most people don't want or need to know about and can safely turn a blind eye to if they come to hear of it.

Until that is, some bandwagon-jumping incompetent misses and takes out the neighbour's prized puppy. Or grandma.
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Old Dec 9th, 2014, 12:51 AM
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">>Unusual turn of phrase,

Perhaps unfamiliar, but not unusual.
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Old Dec 9th, 2014, 01:27 AM
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It happens:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...-children.html
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Old Dec 9th, 2014, 01:38 AM
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41 lambs killed by foxes on the night their large guard dog was away? Sounds more the Hound of the Baskervilles than somewhere in peaceful Northumberland. (Chickens maybe)

This is all you need to know about foxes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k1-kh6HbHQ
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Old Dec 9th, 2014, 08:19 AM
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flanner makes a good point about dogs attacking people more than foxes - and here in my state we've had several people killed by pit bulls and aggressive dogs on the loose - should we cull dogs?
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No, we shouldn't cull dogs, just careless, thoughtless owners.
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Old Dec 9th, 2014, 09:51 AM
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I was attacked visciously by a pit bull running loose - a kid may have been killed - maybe just ban pit bulls etc though I know a pit bull cn be very loving if brought up correctly.

anyway dogs are more a harm it seems than foxes.
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Old Dec 9th, 2014, 10:37 AM
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Don't get us started on the Dangerous Dogs Act.... it's taken as a classic example of faulty legislation in a hurry Because Something Must Be Done.
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Old Dec 9th, 2014, 11:40 AM
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the flannerpooch, who used to contribute to Fodor's regularly, isrumored to be an attack dog so becareful in dem hills!
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Old Dec 9th, 2014, 02:44 PM
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Flannerpooch 1.0 ( http://www.fodors.com/community/prof...eflannerpooch/ ) no longer contributes here on account of he had to go to Dognitas after attacking once too often.

In his last year, he probably injured about a dozen people - though none apart from Mrs F and me that seriously. Like a surprising number of spaniels, his cuteness and human manipulation skills consistently kept him away from the Big Sleep less photogenic canines would have met at first bite.

I doubt any fox has cut such a swathe through humanity. But no-one's calling for a cull of cocker spaniels.

His successor (flannerpooch 2.0) is far better trained. In case our encouragement of flannerpooch 1.0's literary skills helped inculcate his sense of invulnerability, though, we're keeping flannerpooch 2.0 away from the keyboards.
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Old Dec 9th, 2014, 02:59 PM
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Well IMHO any dog that bites without provocation should not be a family pet.

And guard dogs should be carefully trained and restrained so they can't get near the public.

As for pit bulls and similar - I think they should just not be allowed. Breeding should be stopped - since they have proven to be SO dangerous in terms of the number of humans they have killed and severely mauled.

There is a reason you can't get homeowners insurance if you own one - or your insurance is invalid if the company finds out you have been harboring one without telling them.
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Old Dec 10th, 2014, 11:21 AM
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Yeh like when that pit bull dug a hole in my leg and wouldn't let go until someone stopped in the road to help - when I went to his presumed owner's shack in the woods he said 'that dog he ain't mine he just showed up' - he told the cop who took me up there - ironically that dog was playing with some really young kids quite nicely out in front of the trailer!

they say dog bites like that can bring in about 35K $ in a law suit but judging by the hardscrabble junky trailer life he was living and neighbors comments it would have been like getting blood out of a turnip.

any pit bull on the lose should be shot like the dangerous vermin they are - much worse than foxes to humans anyway and again I know if you raise them nicely they can be great family pets but yes I'll throw the baby out with the bathwater in this case.
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Flannerpooch 1.0 ( http://www.fodors.com/community/prof...eflannerpooch/ ) no longer contributes here on account of he had to go to Dognitas after attacking once too often.

Spaniels are well known for going doolally
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Well IMHO any dog that bites without provocation should not be a family pet.

Plenty of dogs go years being meek and mild then one day they just attack for no obvious reason.

Then there is always the way the dog is treated which may make it lash out at it's tormentor or anyone who happens to be in the way
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