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What do you think of London's urban wildlife?

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There seems to be a divide on people's opinion about urban wildlife, especially foxes. While some people leave food out for them in the back garden, and even invite them into their homes, others think urban wildlife brings disease. What do you think about London's wildlife? Should it be encouraged or should steps be taken to get rid of animals in the city?

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I like foxes; we have a lot of them around where I live. There is no denying that they rip up rubbish bags, are a threat to small pets like rabbits, and are not always healthy, but that is not they're fault. They need to eat, and they are only doing what comes naturally. Problems can be avoided by making sure hutches are secure, and putting out rubbish in the morning rather than the night before.

I also like the other forms of wildlife. Grey squirrels are considered at pest, and again they can cause problems, but look at all the problems we cause. What wildlife does is no comparison. I think people who criticise urban wildlife think too much of themselves and that they have more of a right to be here than the other animals. We are the ones encroaching on their territory, not the other way round.
They say that foxes are the worse pest of all. But they are stunning, and there are tons of kids books written about them! So I love urban wildlife!
I love the gorgeous little squirrels! Coming from Australia, I find them a real novelty and in a way they remind me of the possums which we have over there. I really enjoy watching them play and chase each other.
Do you have grey squirrels? Are they indigenous?
Hi Bryony! No we don't. I've seen little red ones before when I visited India but possums are the closest thing we have to squirrels in Australia and they're quite different.
They may be pests, but the squirrels are adorable!
I must agree; although thy used to get into our loft, I still love them.
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