Urban Fox Numbers Continue To Rise

England's Fantastic Urban Foxes

Meet one of the U.K.'s most wiley residents.

If you’re out and about in the early-morning hours in London, Bristol, Bath, or one of the U.K.’s other bustling cities, you might run across a truly wild resident: the urban fox. The species, which began encroaching on cities in the 1930s — about the same time British citizens began encroaching on the foxes' natural habitat — has seen a recent uptick in population. Researchers estimate there are now over 150,000 urban foxes living quietly, slyly throughout the U.K.’s most densely populated areas, a number which has quadrupled in the last 20 years. In rare cases, children have been bitten by an urban fox, but mostly they shy away from humans and only attack when afraid. Here, a look at a few sly foxes enjoying the cityscape.

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