I live in a town centre in a semi detached house. I have 3 chickens in my back garden, the garden has a 6 foot fence around it. Over the last couple of weeks when letting out the dog in the garden for her to do her buisness before bed at around 11 o clock she has started to bark on a couple of occasions for no reason which is very unlike her.
I was today talking to a neighber and he told me he had seen a fox last night at my fence around 11.10pm. This would explain why the dog had barked over the last couple of weeks around this time of night.
My question is, can I shoot this fox in a built up area if I feel it safe to take the shot, would protecting my livestock(chickens) be a good enough reason. I have a fully silenced o/u 20g or could possibly do the job with a rifle if I left the gate open and baited an area so the positioning of the shot was safe. I do realise the fox would have to be on my land, but I feel it wont be long before it manages to get in and get my chickens if it's been lurking about for the last couple of weeks. I do have an open ticket on my fac, but would prefer to use the silenced 20g.