Attitudes to foxes: Overview
Animals have always played a major role in human culture but the place that the fox occupies is a special one. In all the countries inhabited by foxes, these animals have played a major part in human traditions and folklore. For centuries foxes have been associated in turn with a cunning, deceitful or even evil image, although this has always been coupled with admiration and respect. Today the fox image is used in advertising and the media, and foxes feature regularly in films and children's stories. Our perception of the fox continues to evolve.
Explore these pages to find out more about the role of foxes in our society.
Your answers to many common myths:
- Most people hate foxes
- Foxes kill for pleasure
- Foxes will breed with my dog
- Foxes moved into British cities because they were starving
- Are large numbers of urban foxes dumped in the countryside?
- Has anyone ever been caught dumping urban foxes into the countryside?
- Have foxes been released into the countryside in the past?