Today, Britain is home to about 33,000 urban foxes, with about 10,000 of them living in London. As Britain’s suburbs pushed deep into the fox’s natural habitat many foxes in turn headed for the inner city.
They have adapted well to these environments, taking advantage of man-made features such as houses and gardens. For food, they take advantage of food thrown away by humans. In some cases, human residents will feed foxes that frequent their local area. In this sense, a relationship has been established in which foxes have become comfortable toward the humans who do not much mind the presence of the foxes.
Wildlife crossings are structures that allow animals to cross human-made barriers safely. They may include: underpass tunnels, viaducts, and overpasses (mainly for large or herd-type animals), fish ladders and green roofs (for butterflies and birds). Wildlife crossings are a practice in habitat conservation, allowing connections or re-connections between habitats, combating habitat fragmentation. They also assist in avoiding collisions between vehicles and animals, which in addition to killing or injuring wildlife may cause injury to humans and property damage.
Wildlife Overpass, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. (Image source)
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