Letter: Urban jungle

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Sir: I was interested to read Michael McCarthy's article on the urban fox (28 January), but must dispute Dr Baker's comment that foxes carrying off cats is simply an urban myth. Not so. A friend of mine from London intervened when she saw a fox cross her path with a cat in its mouth. Luckily, the fox dropped it.

On another occasion a further acquaintance, also from north London, found a group of foxes savaging her own cat, who was so badly injured that it had to be destroyed. I am sure foxes leave large and healthy cats alone, but can certainly kill sick, elderly or small cats. Foxes are beautiful, and enterprising, I deplore fox hunting, but am under no illusion as to what a fox is capable of, urban or country-bred.


Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire.