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Postby stillorgan boy » Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:11 pm

With all the foxes around, has anyone ever seen a black fox ? That is the four legged type !
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Re: Black fox

Postby Sinead » Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:16 pm

Have only seen the blond ones with the white tip on the tail.

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Re: Black fox

Postby grammer » Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:53 pm

No never spotted one -
Tell us more - :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Black fox

Postby Snowhite » Wed Oct 28, 2015 12:13 am

stillorgan boy wrote:With all the foxes around, has anyone ever seen a black fox ? That is the four legged type !



Only ever been 5 seen in Britain, they are very rare Stillorgan Boy so if you've seen one Lucky You 8-)
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Re: Black fox

Postby Rocker » Wed Oct 28, 2015 1:46 am

Never even heard of a black fox until tonight, Stillorgan Boy. Googled it and it is very weird with the white tipped tail. Some sort of genetic flaw according to Google.
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Re: Black fox

Postby Zirco » Wed Oct 28, 2015 4:37 pm

stillorgan boy wrote:With all the foxes around, has anyone ever seen a black fox ? That is the four legged type !



The quick black fox jumped over the lazy dog. dontknow dontknow :lol:
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Re: Black fox

Postby Micheál » Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:57 pm

Black foxes are a common misconception.
They are actually orange!
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Re: Black fox

Postby Snowhite » Thu Oct 29, 2015 12:35 am

A final year Environmental Sciences student at Trinity College is undertaking a research project on the distribution of foxes in South-West Dublin. When the data is collected it will be compared with data on human population, percentage green spaces, age of housing stock and other such parameters to give a better understanding of how foxes choose their habitats. This project is of particular relevance as urban fox distribution in Ireland has not been studied since 1994.

The study area for this project is south of the Liffey and west of the Green Luas line. This study will be carried out primarily through citizen science, and will depend on receiving sightings of foxes or fox dens from as many members of the public as possible.

Details of sightings can be sent directly via email to foxwatchdublin@gmail.ie or submitted to the Fox Watch Facebook page at Fox Watch Dublin.


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Re: Black fox

Postby Strum » Thu Oct 29, 2015 2:27 am

Good one Snowy. ;)
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Re: Black fox

Postby grammer » Thu Oct 29, 2015 2:25 pm

Great idea .
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Re: Black fox

Postby Jemser » Thu Oct 29, 2015 4:40 pm

I would consider around the Dun laoghaire area East of the green Luas line and therefore this survey would not apply to this area. That is not to say some of you could be West of the green Luas line but not me, I think. dontknow
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Re: Black fox

Postby Strum » Thu Oct 29, 2015 4:48 pm

I emailed them and asked them if they're interested in sightings here in De Noggin Jem. The guy in the Chipper around the corner was hand feeding them a while back. Not a bother to the Foxes with the Chipper full of people coming and going. They're getting braver and cheekier. :D
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Re: Black fox

Postby stillorgan boy » Thu Oct 29, 2015 8:12 pm

Was looking out the window one night recently at 4:30 am (no, I'm not creepy, I just work shift!) and within a space of ten minutes I saw five foxes out on the road....Unreal! It would stand to reason that with the amount of foxes out and about that there has to be a few black ones knocking around somewhere. Growing up in Stillorgan sighting a fox was rare, although there was a guy down the end of the road who had a pet fox for a while. I have never seen a black fox but I have heard say they bring very bad luck to those who spot them.
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Re: Black fox

Postby Micheál » Thu Oct 29, 2015 9:41 pm

Strum wrote:The guy in the Chipper around the corner was hand feeding them a while back. . .. :D


Hmm. Have you noticed the Spicy Chicken Burger has taken on a different flavour?

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Re: Black fox

Postby keeper » Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:02 pm

Yes Micheál ! Their Snack Fox meal deal is great value :shock:
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Re: Black fox

Postby Micheál » Fri Oct 30, 2015 10:45 pm

keeper wrote:Yes Micheál ! Their Snack Fox meal deal is great value :shock:

:D :D :D
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Re: Black fox

Postby Strum » Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:01 pm

Micheál wrote:And their vegetarian offering is a bit suspect too - Basil


Basil. :roll: :mrgreen:


"Hot Chili Vixen Burger"



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Re: Black fox

Postby keeper » Sat Oct 31, 2015 11:33 am

Yummy Strum :roll: served with a portion of Foxglove steamed leaves scry
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Re: Black fox

Postby Strum » Sat Oct 31, 2015 6:32 pm

Snowhite wrote:Details of sightings can be sent directly via email to foxwatchdublin@gmail.ie



That email by the way is no longer in use.
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Re: Black fox

Postby Gulliver » Sat Oct 31, 2015 7:00 pm

Had a family of foxes under an old shed in my garden last year - 5 cubs plus Ma & Da. When the shed was removed after they had left, the space under it was found to be only about 4 inches - and it was quite clean with no smells.
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Re: Black fox

Postby Strum » Sat Oct 31, 2015 8:18 pm

Gulliver wrote: it was quite clean with no smells.



That's interesting Gulliver because there are a couple of families of Foxes behind Holy Child in Sallynoggin. During the Summer break the school has been dumping piles of old furniture to be skipped and I was rummaging through it one night with my Spaniel right beside me and I actually stepped on a Fox Cubs tail and it ran off, frightened the sht out of me haha. Thing is my Dog was right beside me and never smelled it or even sensed it and that Fox had stayed hidden even with us so close, remarkable. So that led me to thinking they somehow hide their scent?
I don't know how true this is, could be an Aesop tale even, but I read or heard years ago if a Fox has Fleas it grabs a sod of earth, swims out into water with the sod held high in it's mouth, all the fleas jump on to it and the Fox lets it go into the water, defleaed just like that.
Cute or sly as a Fox as they say. :D
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