THE city’s urban fox population has been labelled bolder than ever, with one of the creatures snapped sunbathing on the roof of a car in central Edinburgh.
The photograph of a lone fox lying on top of a silver Seat Leon is believed to have been taken close to Holyrood Palace. The image was circulated widely on social media yesterday.
The News has previously been flooded with reports of foxes raiding bins and dragging rubbish into the street, attacking pets and leaving foul-smelling faeces in people’s back yards.
Pestforce Edinburgh owner George Buchan said he was receiving up to a dozen call-outs linked to foxes each month.
He said recent sightings could be linked to cubs maturing following the end of the mating season in April.
Mr Buchan said: “As these cubs have got older they’ve been pushed away from the den and they’re having to fend for themselves. That’s why you’ll probably see more of them around now. If a vixen has had four or five cubs, that’s a lot of foxes.
“They like to lie in the sun and sleep during the day. That one’s obviously been particularly bold, but I’ve had calls from people that have found them on rooftops.”
Craigentinny/Duddingston councillor Alex Lunn, who has called for a cull of the wild creatures, said: “I’m not surprised to find the behaviour of foxes to continue to be bold. The issue for me has not gone any quieter in the last few months. I continue to receive regular complaints about foxes from my constituents.”
Cllr Lunn said earlier this year that foxes across the Capital had “lost their fear” of humans.
Simon Milne, chief executive for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, has estimated that fox numbers in the Lothians could run into the thousands.
He said: “Sometimes foxes are more evident at this time of the year. Sometimes they’re out with their young and out in the countryside. They’re more visible and there’s probably a better chance of seeing them.
“If people see a fox, then great – we’d just suggest them keeping their distance.”