Real Life Fox And The Hound Are Both Saved From Tragic Fates

Why Australians Kill Foxes On Sight

Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) jumping over river, Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy.
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In Australia, European red foxes are considered a pest. Government officials believe them to be dangerous because they harm the local ecosystem. In Tasmania, foxes prey on 77 different species, including the near-threatened wallaby.

In one study, researchers found that removing foxes in an environment greatly increased other species’ populations, including the black-footed rock wallaby. Hence, Australian officials encourage residents to kill foxes on site. Although it sounds cruel, they do it for their environment.