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Badgers and Foxes.

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Message 1 - posted by U3036571, Jun 25, 2007

Are there really as many badgers in the fields as foxes? stated by the NFU after a survey was done.
I would love to know how they do a survey like this, do they go around the fields counting them.
I know how many badgers we have here in my small territory, but foxes are thin on the ground here, most are shot or snared.
I wonder what the real wildlife picture is in Devon, those in favour of a badger cull would have us believe that the place was crawling with them.
We are constantly being told that populations are out of control etc etc.
The way I see it is the only population that is out of control is us humans. How much more land will go under concrete in this country before we see some sense.
Bit of food for thought....
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Message 2 - posted by U7334133, Jun 25, 2007

Under current legislation, the fox has more protection in this country than the unborn child!
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Message 3 - posted by U3220267, Jun 25, 2007

Maybe so......but if you are talking abortion then I couldn't agree more.

But if stopping hunting foxes stops the plonkers coming down from London for a bit of fun then I'm all for it.
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Message 4 - posted by U3036571, Jun 27, 2007

The trouble is that stopping hunting has just given the plonkers more excuse to kill foxes.

I agree on the abortion bit though.
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Message 5 - posted by stevoplymouth, Jun 27, 2007

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Message 6 - posted by Bazza, Jul 1, 2007

When you destroy your fauna, you destroy your cultural being.
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Message 7 - posted by U3220267, Jul 1, 2007

How?

The trouble is that stopping hunting has just given the plonkers more excuse to kill foxes

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Message 8 - posted by Bazza, Jul 1, 2007

Because class destinction, allows them to.
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Message 9 - posted by U3220267, Jul 1, 2007

I'd like to know what the excuses are and how they are going to do it!
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Message 10 - posted by seraphin1267, Sep 1, 2007

Are there really as many badgers in the fields as foxes? stated by the NFU after a survey was done.

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Yes. Well here there are anyway.
The Survey was done by the independant Central Science Laboratory. Furthermore just to make things clear it was not the NFU who commisioned it but the government the NFU just made sure it was made public.
I would love to know how they do a survey like this, do they go around the fields counting them.

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In essence yes. They came onto our farm on 7 random nights which were announced with 24 hours notice. Feedback was good. We took part in the survey because we enjoy the wildlife and wanted to share it.
I know how many badgers we have here in my small territory, but foxes are thin on the ground here, most are shot or snared..

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Here we have an overpopulation of foxes. We have one who lives at the bottom of the garden and manages to rear 2 litters a year. It's lovely to watch the cubs emerge from the nest. The only problem is with no natural predator they are becoming overpopulated and with that comes disease. Mange is a real problem here and many of our foxes are suffering terribly from it. I believe I have a duty as the person responsible for the land to make sure the wildlife on it is healthy and not suffering.
I wonder what the real wildlife picture is in Devon, those in favour of a badger cull would have us believe that the place was crawling with them..

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I am in favour of a badger cull, but only if it can be proved the badger being culled has TB. If you've ever seen a badger who is dying or has died of TB then you'll understand why I want these animals put to sleep. They generally die from dehydration and starvation because they are too ill to find food and water for themselves. Their mucous membranes become inflamed and infected which means they lose their teeth their gums bleeding and ulcerated. Their claws become extremely long because they are too weak to dig and claw up the worms and slugs etc they live on. Their ears become shriveled and eaten away they have scabs all over their bodies weeping and infected. Can you "really" blame me for wanting to see this animal put out of it's suffering. There is no cure. I'm sorry but that's a fact.
We are constantly being told that populations are out of control etc etc..

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They are because they have no natural predator and they are protected. I wouldn't want to see people being allowed to go out and just hunt every animal down that it why it is the responsibility of the government to regulate it.
The way I see it is the only population that is out of control is us humans..

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That too. See my previous answer.
How much more land will go under concrete in this country before we see some sense..

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Speak to the government on that one.

Bit of food for thought....

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Message 11 - posted by stevoplymouth, Sep 10, 2007

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Message 12 - posted by thetractordoctor, Sep 10, 2007

Plenty of badgers, foxes, rabbits, squirrels etc, trouble is, they're all trying to use the roads like cars. Doesn't work. Someone ought to tell them, still, they've plenty of guts to do it, you can see that, it's all over the roads!
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Message 13 - posted by U3036571, Nov 8, 2007

Well Seraphin, you must have the most amazing foxes in great Britain or any where. 2 Litters a year. I think Not.
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