Urban Foxes

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3215
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

In answer to my question 1014/2013 on this subject, your response detailed a meeting you had had with the Chair of London Councils. I have been contacted by a constituent in Stratford who informs me that the numbers of urban foxes are increasing. Can you please update me on what initiatives are being taken to alleviate this growing problem?

Answer

Answer for Urban Foxes

Answer for Urban Foxes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There is agreement amongst London boroughs that controlling by trapping or culling is ineffective. Moreover, as foxes do not present a significant public health threat - except in rare and isolated cases - there is no justification for implementing such programmes.

All London boroughs provide advice on deterring and discouraging foxes. Furthermore, initiatives such as my Capital Clean-up, and similar projects run by boroughs and environmental organisations, are tackling the problem of littering and the attendant food waste which  provides foxes with an easy meal.