By Chris Temelkos
Foxes have taken up residence in a Bloor West Village neighborhood and residents want them out. The foxes have been causing mischief in the community, chasing cats, trotting up and down the street, basking in the backyards of residents and skinning squirrels to feed their kits. What concerns residents the most is that their den is across from a daycare center.
Foxes pose very little risk to humans, the only reported fox attack on a person involved a rabid fox and Toronto Animal Services says that the Toronto fox population is well protected against rabies. The residents have tried a number of ways to evict the foxes, including dog hair and a radio playing outside the den, to no avail. It was even suggested by Toronto Animal Services that male urine surrounding the den would have the foxes out in a jiffy.
Perhaps, the residents of this community would be better suited to live in harmony among the foxes, rather than in discontent, by taking the extra steps to supervise their pets when outside and use a non-toxic repellent in their yards. Keeping the foxes away from their personal space should allow the two to coexist peacefully. After all, wildlife has been here longer than we have.