Thursday, 20 June 2013

Questions (141)

Finian McGrath

Question:

141. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of foxes in Dublin city; and if they are a threat to children and families. [29767/13]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

The fox is one of the most common and widely distributed mammals in Ireland. It is not a protected species and no national census has been undertaken. Data collated on the National Biodiversity Data Centre’s website, however, shows that it is found in every county of Ireland and has adapted to both rural and urban habitats. It is well established in the suburbs of Dublin, and in Dublin city.

Foxes are no more of a threat to families or children than dogs. However foxes are wild animals and should not be encouraged into close contact, for example by feeding in gardens.