Public warned about feeding foxes

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The Region of Queens Municipality (RQM) is urging people to refrain from feeding foxes.

In particular, it's referring to a colony of foxes that has established itself in the wooded area around Beach Meadows Beach.

“These foxes are wild animals, and we request that people do not feed them,” stated a media release issued by the municipality. “This will cause them to become nuisance animals that pose a hazard to residents and a dependency on people.”

Meanwhile, on its website, the Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry also advises that foxes are easily habituated to humans, and when they are actively fed by people their numbers can increase to the point where they exceed the landscape’s ability to support them.

Being fed by humans encourages foxes to den closer to artificial food sources and continues the cycle of dependency on human food. And when this results in a higher population growth, foxes are also more susceptible to fatal diseases like mange and rabies.

Lands and Forestry also encourages people to not approach the animals, and suggests a number of other steps to prevent foxes from becoming habituated to humans. These include keeping your property free of unsecured garbage, cleaning up spilled birdseed, not feeding your pets outdoors, and keeping small pets indoors or on a leash.

To learn more about wild foxes and how to keep them safe, go to: https://novascotia.ca/natr/wildlife/nuisance/fox.asp.

Kevin McBain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin