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    Territories for Fox?

    What do we know about Fox, with regard to the "Home Range", for those that inhabit countryside as opposed to the town Fox?...... some informants tell us, "She/He's been here for ages", "See Him/Her, same place same sort of time of day/night, then you get "OOh, haven't seen that one before, where did you get Him?", Anyone have any real scientific stuff on this?? My own thoughts are limited to the lowland farming version of this most worthy quarry,& the wiliest we get to pursue seem to be on the higher poorer type's of ground.
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    for science get the book "running with the fox".

    Has loads on territory and density. It basically comes down to food. Foxes travel very little and tolerate strangers much better if plenty of food about. Overall territory size is hugely variable

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    Got to agree with the above , a good source makes them very tolerant of others .

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    i shot quite a few in my time and i worked out that if you count up 10 to 100 acres you not far wrong.when i get a new permission say 120 i shoot 12 and then the problem seem to go away but i cango back next year and shoot approximaitly the same number,

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    "Wild Fox" by Roger Burrows has a lot of interesting info and a good biblography.
    ISBN 0-7153-9253-0
    Peter

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    Quote Originally Posted by shootingduckdog View Post
    for science get the book "running with the fox".
    ^As The Good Man said^. This is the one: Running With the Fox: Amazon.co.uk: David MacDonald, Priscilla Barrett: Books

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    Quote Originally Posted by shootingduckdog View Post
    for science get the book "running with the fox".

    Has loads on territory and density. It basically comes down to food. Foxes travel very little and tolerate strangers much better if plenty of food about. Overall territory size is hugely variable
    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy_SP View Post
    Cheers chaps always looking for new info

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    Quote Originally Posted by finnbear270 View Post
    What do we know about Fox, with regard to the "Home Range", for those that inhabit countryside as opposed to the town Fox?...... some informants tell us, "She/He's been here for ages", "See Him/Her, same place same sort of time of day/night, then you get "OOh, haven't seen that one before, where did you get Him?", Anyone have any real scientific stuff on this?? My own thoughts are limited to the lowland farming version of this most worthy quarry,& the wiliest we get to pursue seem to be on the higher poorer type's of ground.
    Hi finnbear
    I was going to offer to lend you my copy of Wild Fox by Roger Burrows but I checked on Amazon and you can get a copy delivered for less than 3 which is probably as cheap as I could post it
    Geordie

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    Quote Originally Posted by geordieh View Post
    Hi finnbear
    I was going to offer to lend you my copy of Wild Fox by Roger Burrows but I checked on Amazon and you can get a copy delivered for less than 3 which is probably as cheap as I could post it
    Geordie
    Grateful for your offer, but was just interested in the views of those on here that chase em! Steve.
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    I apologise for no view Finn. I shoot moorland where 1 fox per 1000 acres can be optimistic due to pressures of keepering, a 7000 acre estate often yields less than a dozen per year. I have a 400 acre chicken farm which seems to have stabilised at 20 per year. I then have 700 acres of mixed corn and woodland and that seems good for 20 per year.

    However the picture we have is skewed as by shooting we create gaps and they are then filled. Moreover the shooting pressure applied by your neighbours makes a big difference. I suspect very few of us leave foxes for long enough to understand their true home range.

    What I have found is that in "good areas" a few hundred acres will be all that a fox needs and it will likely be very reluctant to move off its own ground even when you are following it.

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