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The relationship between humans and urban foxes on Prince Edward Island

By Kristine Martin

Category Theses
Abstract

This study examines the relationship between humans and urban foxes living in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. In recent years colloquial evidence suggests that there has been an increase in foxes living in urban areas of Prince Edward Island, which may eventually lead to an increase in negative interactions. An online questionnaire was administered to 456 residents of Prince Edward Island, in order to explore their attitudes and interactions towards foxes. The survey results were examined using thematic analysis in order to identify common attitudes towards foxes in residents of Charlottetown. The themes identified were: positive attitudes towards urban foxes, negative attitudes towards urban foxes, concern for the safety of foxes, concern for the safety of humans, concern about loss of wildlife habitat, and concerns about humans feeding foxes. Our findings showed that most respondents on Prince Edward Island have positive attitudes and feelings towards foxes. In order to explore the relationship between humans and urban foxes, the histories of foxes in England and Prince Edward Island were documented and compared. Foxes began entering urban areas in England during the 1940s, and were initially received well. Due to a large population of bold urban foxes, as well as outbreaks of disease in the fox population, foxes are now less welcome in urban areas of England. By comparing human attitudes regarding foxes between Prince Edward Island and England, we hope to obtain insights into future attitudes towards foxes on Prince Edward Island.

Submitter

Mason N McLary

HABRI Central

Date 2015
Pages 75
Publisher University of Prince Edward Island
Location of Publication Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Department Biology
Degree Island Studies
URL https://www.islandscholar.ca/islandora/object/ir%3A11822
Language English
Tags
  1. Animal health and hygiene
  2. Animal roles
  3. Animals in culture
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Attitudes
  6. Canada
  7. Health
  8. Mammals
  9. Physical environment
  10. safety
  11. Social Environments
  12. urban fox
  13. urbanization
  14. Wild animals
  15. wildlife habitat