Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (411)

Mary Mitchell O'Connor

Question:

411. Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to the problem of a skulk of foxes in the Dun Laoghaire - Rathdown area; the service provider or assistance that is available to persons to solve this health and safety issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11516/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The legislative responsibility of my Department covers farmed animals only. However, while foxes do not come under the remit of my Department, I am nevertheless aware of reports of the number of foxes living in urban areas in recent times. The fox is not a protected species under the Wildlife Acts (1976-2012). My Department does not have plans to implement a control programme for foxes. However, the Deputy may wish to explore this issue further with the relevant local authority.