The are one of the few predators in this country and by shooting one the population density is decreased slightly.
They predate rabbits, mice and other pests, not all though, so they do a lot of good for the farmer. And if you shoot all the foxes you then have to shoot the rabbits.
On the other hand they predate livestock and can be constant menace on the farm.
I shoot on two farms, both are mixed dairy and arable. One farmer said to me, "Don't shoot all my foxes," and the other said, "Shoot the lot." as he had foxes attacking half born calves at the rear of cows.
One argument is that poor husbandry is the reason for losses, but you can't do it all.
So do folk shoot all on sight or only some if there are too many?
I shoot one if I see more than one together on one farm, and shoot all I see on the other.
I am ambivalent about this as they do good as predators but they can be a nuisance.
I am aware that there are quite a few keepers and people on game shoots keen to protect their investment.
Not trying to provoke an argument but more interested in peoples' insights regarding keeping a balance in the countryside.