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  1. pete

    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    The foxes are making a hell of a racket tonight, not sure what is going on, sounds like a fight.
    Went up the garden with a torch and one dashed out the bushes, saw me and went back really fast.
    Then the noise started again.
    Sounds like someone is getting murdered, it's not the usual yell they make around mating time.

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    Maybe they have cornered something? They can catch and kill cats and maybe one is putting up a fight.
     
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      Puma? :hate-shocked:
       
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        Sorry but I find myself having to defend foxy. First and foremost, poor old foxy has had a terrible task at staying alive. In the country, foxy has for ages become a pawn in a very savage and cruel sport. Foxy is basically a country resident. His aim in life, and seriously we all have a purpose in life. Foxy is such a lovely natural member of todays wildlife. Stop and think about it. Foxy and the birds of prey. OK us top of the life scale. We bury our dead. In the wild, no such thing. Foxy and other sadly call scavenger undertake a very important service.

        Please stop and imagine your journey to work. Roadsides are littered with the bodies of dead animals, The motor car is to blame in most cases. The scavengers come out and act as dustbinmen. In the country areas. a chicken coop is raided by foxy. So serves you rightyou tight git of a chicken keeper. spend out and seure your birds.

        Back to foxy and the local area. I have read a lengthy scientific study about the fox. From personal observations. For a fox to attack a cat. RUBBISH. All my observations have shewn that a confrontation, fox versus cat. Fox will back off. Foxes killin cats. IMHO rubbish. Foxes as scavengers will most likely carry off a dead cat from roadkill etc.
         
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          Sex, Foxes screaming Deer ruting it's all about sex

          Wild life will only take an injuryed or dead animal but will take some thing alive if it has no food and very hurngry and can catch it

          I've not seen a fox eat another dead fox, i've seen lots of dead fox's and it's not being eaten just decay's into the ground which can cause botulim

          Hunts have been know to rear foxes, also farmers feed foxs with the after birth from the cow's calfing
           
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            Most cats will stand up for themselves but the timid ones do get caught and there is one hell of a row even just over a confrontation when the result is a draw.

            Sadly in my local area it has been proven that foxes are responsible, at one time it was thought some sadistic person was doing it, this is after a lengthy investigation by the police and catching the culprits on CCTV:
            Croydon cat killer never existed it was just foxes, police say | Metro News
             
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              Unfortunately, that's only your observation. Some years ago our neighbour saw a fox jump over the fence into their garden and attack their cat that was sunning itself on the patio. It was seriously injured before the neighbour could get out there but the cat survived. Sadly, it's babies that it was due to have didn't.

              I also witnessed a fox attack in our garden. I saw the fox stalking our cat and was on my way out there to chase it off, but it would take me at least two minutes to reach them. The fox bit off more than he could chew with trying to attack Oscar! He was a gentle cat with people, children and birds but he worked on the principle of 'four legs bad' and was a demon when they invaded his territory. At a body length of 21" and with a weight of 20lbs he was the wrong cat to mess with.

              The fox learnt, to his cost. He went away with half a tail between his legs.

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                @ARMANDII , I know that fox sound, it wasn't that last night, this was very different, I'm wondering if it was the Mother fox trying to get rid of this years cub, the only one of three that has survived, I'm sure it was the cub that ran out the bushes and dashed back when it saw me.

                It was only a few weeks back that I saw a fox and cat encounter just outside my window, there was one of the local moggies eating a bit of cat food I had put out for it.
                Then the fox appeared, for her early evening snack, she gets dog food:biggrin:.

                They hardly looked at one another, although you could tell they both knew the other was there.
                Just wonder if the fox cat problem occurs when food is short, or maybe it is male foxes, that take on cats, being that bit bigger.
                 
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                  Hi pete, I remember when I was in the rif raf, many moons ago:old:, and fishing the River Welland in Rutland late into the evening with Woods behind me and I heard a Fox scream like a Banshee. It must have been about 50 yards behind me and that sound made my blood run cold, I kid you not. When I found those videos of a Fox "screaming" I was disappointed because it was nothing like I'd heard and wouldn't have raised the hackles on the back of my neck as did that Banshee scream I heard while fishing on my own in the approaching dark out in the "sticks".
                   
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