Fox welfare

Foxes are one of Britain's most popular mammals, and they're a common sight in both countryside and urban areas. This page should help answer some of the questions that might be 'foxing' you!

Helping your local foxes

Want to help the foxes in your area? Or perhaps you want to deter them from your garden? Our Living with Foxes info sheet has all you need to help you live alongside foxes. You can also get some handy booklets on urban and rural foxes from Natural England.

Found a fox in need of help?

As many as 100,000 foxes may be killed on roads each year in the UK, and many more are injured. We care for and rehabilitate injured and orphaned foxes at our wildlife centres.

Find out what to do with an injured or sick fox or if you are concerned about a fox cub.

Found a fox caught in a snare?

If the fox is still alive, call us on 0300 1234 999.

  • Never try to free an animal from a snare or trap - you risk hurting yourself and the animal, and it could be an offence if the animal was legally caught
  • Stay back to avoid stressing the animal
  • Call us immediately with the location

We're opposed to the use of snares, but some types are still legal. Defra has published a code of practice for using snares.

Do you suspect a fox has been poisoned? 

It's illegal to poison foxes. The government's Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme looks into the deaths of wildlife where pesticide poisoning may be involved.

Signs to look out for include:

  • Dead animals like rabbits cut open and staked out as bait 
  • Several dead animals close together, such as rabbits
  • Animals that have died suddenly for no obvious reason
  • Eggs in unusual places, possibly with an ink mark

If you find an animal that you suspect has been poisoned, or find evidence of a pesticide that puts wildlife or pets at risk, contact the Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme Hotline on 0800 321 600.

Follow the links below for more advice on helping your local wildlife.

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