The red fox (Vulpes vulpes) has probably got me in to more arguments than any other creature apart from, perhaps, the magpie! I seem to be in a minority of one but it people (well 'country folk') love to hate the fox and can provide ample justification to hunt it down and kill it. To me, like all life I suppose, the red fox is a precious addition to the natural fauna of our country and it would be a far poorer island without them.
Not only are they a top dog in the looks stakes, they are incredibly intelligent, adaptable and are very good at playing us humans at our own game. Since the first Elizabethans, possibly before, we have tried to exterminate the fox and here we are, the second Elizabethans and we have, at last, made the cruel hunting of this creature illegal even if we have not yet stopped the practice completely.
This particular fox is an old 'friend' of mine. Living near a farm that we pass by quite often and I am sure it makes a good living from killing rats and rabbits. There are no chickens or other livestock that would be of interest him so it seems to be of benefit to the farmer rather than a pest.
Long live the fox!