Foxes have Pugwash residents fearing for pets lives

Justin Dickie
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PUGWASH This village has been growing increasingly foxy recently. And in this case, thats not good.

One man told me that he watched a battle between a cat and a fox and I dont know how he couldve even stood there and watched that, said Pugwash resident and village commissioner Linda Langille. He said the cat put up a pretty good battle, but lost and away the fox went with it. Now thats sad.

PUGWASH This village has been growing increasingly foxy recently. And in this case, thats not good.

One man told me that he watched a battle between a cat and a fox and I dont know how he couldve even stood there and watched that, said Pugwash resident and village commissioner Linda Langille. He said the cat put up a pretty good battle, but lost and away the fox went with it. Now thats sad.

Langille said shes heard of more than a dozen accounts of fox versus cat altercations, including foxes carrying dead cats. The welfare of peoples pets has been a growing concern in the community as foxes can be seen at all hours of the day walking the streets and adjacent properties.

Personally, I blame the composters in the village for a lot of it, she explained, adding compost attracts wildlife that foxes want to eat. The only way its going to stop, I think, is if somethings done about the composting.

I could probably get in trouble with the county for saying that but I dont care.

Other possible reasons she noted included clear-cutting of natural fox habitat and people putting food out for them.

Ron Whites cats life was endangered by a fox one night not long ago, but his pet was able to find a safe hiding place before the fox could catch it. Since then, hes been more concerned about the cats safety, but doesnt see much that can be done about the situation.

Theyre wild animals, theyre going to eat, he said of the foxes. If I shot every one I saw run through my yard, tomorrow thered be another one take its place, maybe two.

Langille said the new pests pose many potential hazards to pets and humans. She said the foxes could possess mange, which is deadly to pets, and their feces pose a risk to humans.

The Department of Natural Resources has suggested to the village commission that live trapping is the best option to move the foxes, but no action has been taken so far. Natural Resources also suggested residents stop feeding foxes. DNR officials were unavailable for comment.

As for pet safety: Youve got to take your pets in earlier at night, Langille suggested. If you want to keep Fluffy, you have to take Fluffy in the house.

Organizations: Department of Natural Resources

Geographic location: Pugwash

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