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Foxes die on road without cull
Amid calls for a fox cull, and horror stories of attacks, an animal rescue experts have revealed about 80,000 are killed on our roads every year.
Leatherhead-based Wildlife Aid Foundation was operating on a fox found with found with a broken leg and internal bleeding last Tuesday, even as calls for culls were being raised across the county.
The animal later died.
Founder Simon Cowell said: "It was a car. You can bet your bottom dollar 99 per cent of the time it’s to do with man."
Approximately 600 to 700 foxes come into the centre each year with injuries often caused by vehicles, poison, traps and getting stuck in fences.
Mr Cowell said: "Everything is there to disrupt wildlife. Seventy per cent of fox cubs do not make through the first year of life."
A fox with a wound to the head and vixon with a ruptured ligament in its knee were also brought into the centre last month.
Trevor Williams, director of charity the Fox Project, said: "It's estimated some 80,000 foxes are killed on the roads in the UK each year, the largest single attributable cause of fox death."
RSPCA information analyst Richard Claber said they rescued and collected 43 foxes in 2011, 40 foxes in 2012 and 4 foxes in January in Epsom and Ewell.
Mr Claber said: "This seems to be in line with the monthly averages for the last two years so there does not seem to suggest any significant increase or decrease."