HC Deb 29 February 2000 vol 345 cc196-7W
Mr. McCabe

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions who has responsibility for the control of urban fox populations; and what powers local authorities have in this area. [112013]

Mr. Mullin

The fox is not a protected species and may be killed or taken by owners and occupiers of land using any method, eg shooting or trapping, which is not prohibited by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Local authorities are therefore able to take action to control foxes if they deem it appropriate.

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