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Thread: Fox predation on fawns & lambs

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    Fox predation on fawns & lambs

    Not sure what its like in other parts of the country but areas traditionally holding healthy rabbit populations seem all but deserted in the last year. VHD and heavy rain probably more to blame than the annual bout of mixi. Anyone else have a lingering concern for this knocking onto increased predation of roe / munty kids and lambs this coming year?

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    Lambing has already started on one of my permissions.Wife took a phonecall while i was at work so i went out that night.
    Shot a large vixen within ten minutes of getting there.Heading for the flock having slipped over the boundary.Not many rabbits around at all and i have seen them with signs of VHD.Blood around the eyes, lethargic,etc.
    Foxes are hitting the poultry pretty hard here too.
    Last edited by Bumble; 28-12-2012 at 21:42.

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    Myxi taken it's toll here too, and I've just had a yearling ewe lamb pulled about by foxes - she'd got caught in some brambles, and is now minus her tail and a large part of her lower lip. That's on a piece of ground which had a high rabbit population up until the autumn.

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    dont want to sound condesending but if your " permissions " , hate that word, has sheep on it and early lambs you should be hitting them hard 24/7.

    get the carcass of a dead lamb pin it out in a field, 100 yards from cover, with 50Lb fishing line and stakes.
    then shoot the buggers as they come in for tea.

    p,

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    The vole population is down too which does not help.

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    with all the rain we have had foxes will be in places that they normally woundn't be there is only so much high ground and we have four out of the next five days forecast for rain
    Give instruction to a wise man and he will be yet wiser

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    Quote Originally Posted by psstalking View Post
    dont want to sound condesending but if your " permissions " , hate that word, has sheep on it and early lambs you should be hitting them hard 24/7.

    get the carcass of a dead lamb pin it out in a field, 100 yards from cover, with 50Lb fishing line and stakes.
    then shoot the buggers as they come in for tea.

    p,
    Thats the point.I dont normally see much in the way of fox activity on this land.Last one i saw and shot on there was a couple of months ago.Lambing is earlier than usual too.

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    On some of my land, one large farm in particular, I'm not seeing many rabbits at all, where I used to take quite a few...BUT, on a walk round the same farm yesterday, I saw lots of fox dirt...never seen so much..all of it on the higher points on the farm...it looks to me as if they are "scanning" the ground.....so, out early tomorrow morning, and tomorrow evening to see whats what... No lambing as yet tho..I normally get told by the farmer a few weeks before it starts..

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    I do alot of rabbiting , the rabbits are right down across the area they have had a terrible year. I am ferreting quite a few with mixi and others in poor condition full of worms. Both these conditions are caused by having to spend so much time underground and not out and about. It's quite a while before the fawns start apearing , hopefully we'll have a better spring with plenty of wildlife successfully breeding to take the pressure off the deer.

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    Last year there was a lot of myxi on my ground but the rabbit population is doing ok again now....lots of rabbits above ground during daytime these last couple of weeks. Endless supply of foxes all over.

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