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It is becoming more and more commonplace for wild animals, such as foxes, to move in to more urban areas, and many of these wild species are adapting really well too. Rats, for example, have learned how to survive using humans. They rely on us for food and water, sneaking into our homes and stealing our crumbs and leftovers. They have also managed to inhabit virtually every place on our beautiful planet, using humans to get from place to place, usually by way of shipping routes or other transport methods.
Rats aren’t the only animal that have benefitted from having humans around. We are messy by nature, and this mess encourages wild critters to come and take a closer look. Foxes are just one of these, alongside rodents such as rats and mice, but other animals can be included too — coyote, raccoons, skunks, opossums, snakes, lizards, and more.
A few centuries ago, foxes, much like other wild animals, would much preferred to have lived where there weren’t human civilizations. Humans were something to be scared of, and to run away from. This is no longer the case. Humans are generally not something to be scared of, but something that often brings food. Whether that’s intentional or not is a different matter.
It is food that has led these creatures, including foxes, right to our door. They have had no choice but to follow their noses to urban habitats, with no ‘wild’ spots left for them to make their homes in. Deforestation has led to the decline of a wide number of animals, and those that have not found a way to coexist with humans simply do not survive. In terms of survival of the fittest, the battle is very much on.
In the wild, heavily treed areas is where you would have found the cunning fox, hiding among the trees. Forests and mountainous regions were popular spots, but being versatile and adaptable critters, they can even survive in other places, such as the desert.
They haven’t stopped there, however, and now very capable of living right alongside people, and often undetected for some length of time in some cases too. They will happily make use of an old burrow or den on your land, which is one reason why old ones should be sorted out as soon as possible. Spaces beneath decking and porches are often hit pretty hard, by all wild critters too, and not just by those red foxes you keep hearing, howling through the night. In short, if the hole will make a cosy little den, that’s just what they’ll make it.
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