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Difference Between Rural And Urban Foxes

Urban foxes are a huge problem in some parts of the country. They are a particular menace in London, with more and more foxes moving into urban areas all the time. These animals rummage through rubbish, destroy property and tear up gardens. But what are the differences between London foxes and those that live in the country?

Rural and urban foxes: the key comparisons

The biggest difference between rural and urban foxes is in what they eat. The main difference between these two animals is that foxes living in the country live on things like rodents, birds, rabbits, earthworms, and frogs. These foxes are omnivores and also eat fruit, berries, and wild vegetables.

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On the other hand, foxes in the city mostly eat whatever human food they find in bins. The bottom line is that urban foxes are scavengers and country foxes are hunters.

Another big difference in these foxes is where they live. Country foxes live in areas like forests, under bushes or tree roots. They dig holes in the ground called burrows or dens. These dens provide them with shelter and a place to store food and raise their young.

Urban foxes do the same, except that their dens are built at the bottom of people’s gardens. And in areas like under your shed. They also dig dens into the side of railway embankments. These foxes usually build dens in hidden away places where humans do not often go. Place where they won’t be disturbed

Differences in behaviour between fox types

Probably the most interesting fact about foxes in terms of the difference between these two types is in their behaviour. Foxes in the countryside are still considered wild animals and behave like wild animals. They are shy, skittish and avoid humans as much as possible. These foxes may also become aggressive if approached by humans.

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City foxes are completely different. Many of them have lost their fear of humans. They have little fear and can be quite bold, especially when they are scavenging for food. In fact, they are often almost tame. That being said, although it is rare for UK foxes to be dangerous to humans, they should not be approached.

While urban foxes are a huge nuisance, at what point do they becomes pests? Basically, there is no clear point. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide if and when foxes have become pests on your property. If they present an ongoing problem and are causing significant damage, then they probably need to be dealt with. In that case it’s time to call London fox control professionals, who have humane ways of getting rid of urban foxes.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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