It is not only since Corona that wild animals are spreading in cities. In Wernigerode (a town in the district of Saxony-Anhalt, in central Germany), foxes roam through a residential area and undermine garages.
At dusk the animals become active: Several stray foxes have been causing uncertainty in the city for several weeks.
A “real plague” is reported by a local resident (!!!)
In families, the red fur animals roam between the houses and dig their burrows under garages. The resident himself has filled a hole under his garage for the fourth time in just a few weeks, and has now set up a waste paper bin in front of it – “so that at last there is peace and quiet,” (!!!) he says.
What worries residents in particular: They fear that the adaptable predators could transmit diseases such as rabies (!!!). And that the animals lose their shyness.
“Since the beginning of the Corona crisis – and the associated restrictions on public life and traffic in our district – we have seen it more and more frequently,” he explains.
Calls to veterinarians and other agencies have so far brought nothing.
City administration recommends scare
As the spokesman for the town hall says: “Prevention of predators is the responsibility of the private property owner and can be done relatively easily with the use of frightening agents. I also had contact with a local resident to whom I recommended this measure. The tip was gratefully received and should be implemented. “
Furthermore, the spokesman for the city administration recommends that those affected adjust their behavior: closed compost heaps, for example, are helpful in order to provide the survivors with no food. This also includes not storing leftover food in the garden and avoiding open feeding of pets outdoors. “Sometimes foxes are even fed, that should be avoided!”
According to the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, the red fox is not subject to any species protection regulations in Germany.
According to the German Wildlife Foundation, these predators are not threatened, “but are among the big winners in our cultural landscape”.
They have spread rapidly in large cities.
In the 1980s and early 1990s, rabies had partially decimated the fox population.
Germany has been rabies-free since 2008, according to the World Organization for Animal Health.
And I mean... Of course, none of the residents wonder why the foxes leave the forest.
They are refugees.
We have driven them out and fought since the first day of their lives.
We have not wondered what we would do if others stole our houses, our country, if our children were murdered so that others could build their houses or businesses.
We are the only animals that accept coexistence when we rule and dominate.
The only real plague that I know, is the human plague.
My best regards to all, Venus