to have nicked their plate

(78 Posts)
MaryPoppinPills Fri 11-Apr-14 21:57:57

Basically i live on quiet cul-de-sac made up of six houses with a row of garages opposite 3 of the houses including mine have small children.

One of the houses (couple mid 30's no kids) is really starting to piss me off. i say couple but they look very much alike so may be brother and sister.

Anyway the problem is that they seem to obsessed with feeding all the stray cats and foxes that hang around the area. To the point i regually see the man sat on the curb late at night hand feeding the foxes (i shit you not). He leaves plates of meat out at least twice a day which i believe is no attracting vermin as ive had a mouse in my house and so has another neighbour.

Most of the house have conservatories so the door are open most sunny days, and quite frankly i dont want to find a fox sat on my sofa


I also believe he has also pulled down the fence next to the train lines at the side of my neighbours house as he was spotted hanging around there and next day quite a few fence panels had been quite obviously yanked off

PS. i cant really approach him as everytime we've tried to say hello he turns and walks away

IMurderedStampyLongnose Fri 11-Apr-14 23:04:44

Nick the plate and poison the foxes.Animals are annoying

HopeClearwater Fri 11-Apr-14 23:28:26

YANBU! Keep nicking the plates!

MaryPoppinPills Fri 11-Apr-14 23:38:14

im not planning on poisoning the foxes Though there is plenty behind the kitchen cupboards for the mice

WholeNutt Fri 11-Apr-14 23:44:55

I think it's lovely he's caring enough to feed the foxes and I'm pretty sure it would disappear quickly once your daughter was outside playing. Not sure I've seen the news headline 'child mauled by fox' they aren't by mature aggressive.

Thank goodness there are people about who care enough about nature. Stop being so precious and give him his plate back.

BrianTheMole Fri 11-Apr-14 23:46:48

Why would he break the fence panels anyway? What purpose would it serve to do that?

Trazzletoes Fri 11-Apr-14 23:48:15

WholeNutt there was a news article a while ago about a child who had been upstairs in their house and died, thought to be killed by a fox who had got in. It was horrific, although thankfully extremely rare.

Trazzletoes Fri 11-Apr-14 23:50:57

Apologies, I can't find a news report about a child being killed, but there are reports of young children being seriously injured by foxes coming in to their homes.

mollypup Sat 12-Apr-14 00:04:09

I see the anti-fox brigade are making their way in. OP, I personally think that it's lovely he is taking the time to do this, you behaved like a 5 year old!

A fox wants pet food, not your children.

mollypup Sat 12-Apr-14 00:05:39

And thus far no child has a been killed by a fox. Children are injured by various things daily, foxes are just another victim of the media.

MaryPoppinPills Sat 12-Apr-14 00:07:20

That's what I'm scared of trazzle it's not once or twice I've seen the fox it's nearly everyday now

I have no idea why he would do it brian but he's regularly hanging around there and he has no reason to be there its just a piece of land next to my neighbours house that has a fence backing on to the train tracks there is no path or anything there maybe one of his precious bloody foxes was stuck on the other side

AlpacaYourThings Sat 12-Apr-14 00:09:59


I love foxes

Trazzletoes Sat 12-Apr-14 00:12:34

Mary it's highly unlikely that a fix would attack your child. It is extremely rare. Plus the fox knows it can get food from your neighbour already, as someone else posted up thread.

randomAXEofkindness Sat 12-Apr-14 00:44:39

I like foxes but I wouldn't let them picnic with on the kids. See

YolandiFuckinVisser Sat 12-Apr-14 00:51:24

Wild animals shouldn't be fed by humans, that includes the birds in your garden and ducks in the park, as well as foxes & hedgehogs etc. Survival of the fittest ensures only those with the wherewithal to find food get to eat & therefore breed. We are modifying behaviour and weakening the gene pool. YANBU!

Polonius Sat 12-Apr-14 01:05:00

You realize that you are now perfect fodder for a 'AIBU or is my neighbour crazy?' thread?

BrianTheMole Sat 12-Apr-14 01:12:11

Perhaps theres a whole skulk of foxes there, and he's removed the panels to allow them free access to and from his house. wink

GTAMASTER Sat 12-Apr-14 07:32:07

Maybe arrange a fox hunt through your cul de sac? (Joke)
Keep stealing the plates until you get a full set though and then you can give them back as a Christmas present. wink

Ihavemyownname Sat 12-Apr-14 07:57:21

I know someone that did this but it's purpose was for feeding some local not so well looked after cats but I think one fox had been seen aswell.
I know a number of people didn't like it
cut a long story short a number a number of cats died because someone had started to put poison the bowl it stop once the cats started to die.

I used to go to a local park to feed foxes. Only occasionally because they need to get 80% of their diet from digging for worms etc.

They only breed, like cats when there is a good food supply about, so feeding them can unnaturally increase the population.

Wild cats should never be fed.

I dispare when another unneeded housing estate gets planning permission, that is right in the path of a known fox territory.

I agree that he needs reporting about damaging fences.

I would be speaking to him about his agenda behind the food, he may be causing more harm than doing good.

Then I would be directing him to the reasons why he shouldn't feed stray cats etc and getting the Cats Protection Charity involved, if it looks like it is becoming a problem.

Environmental Health, is another route.

I love our wildlife, but people do misguidedly cause problems with incorrect "caring" behaviour.

Every area has a branch of a Fox Watch/Protection charity.

CasperGutman Sat 12-Apr-14 08:19:49

Unneeded housing estate? Ah yes, because the UK is well known for its oversupply of housing.

kali110 Sat 12-Apr-14 08:27:14

We have loads of foxes around here and i live by a school. The foxes just leg it when they see a load of people. I think good on your neighbour.

Ronmione Sat 12-Apr-14 08:43:18

I dispare when another unneeded housing estate gets planning permission, that is right in the path of a known fox territory.

Unneeded, have you not heard of the housing crisis?

Ronmione Sat 12-Apr-14 08:44:38

Op yanbu keep taking thoses plates, feeding foxes isn't good for foxes and attracts vermin.

Sophieelmer Sat 12-Apr-14 08:49:49

I think you can arrange for pest control to set some traps. I think maybe they shoot them once they're caught, safer than putting poison out.

catgirl1976 Sat 12-Apr-14 08:58:21

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