Fox Conservation Efforts
Even though the fox is able to adapt to lots of environments, there is only so much they can be expected to conform to. This is why there are concerns about their future. Granted, there are still plenty of fox out there so there isn’t an imminent danger of them becoming endangered. Yet when you view the population of them now compared to just a couple of decades ago, you can see the decline.
This is why there are plenty of conservation efforts in place for them already. The goal is to ensure they do have a future. There is no need to let their numbers continue to drop and then to do something when they are in a very difficult position for their survival. Surveying the environment is important. They do well in many environments but when there is pollution and other problems it can be a concern.
The fox often lives in areas where they are close to people. As a result, they do get exposure to large amounts of pollution. Cleaning up the air is a conservation effort that will help them, other animals, and humans. The issue of global warming is one to evaluate as well. The fox relies on the changing seasons to offer them different food sources. When nature isn’t able to do that they will find it harder to get the food they need for survival.
Large numbers of fox have been wiped out in the past due to disease that can spread very rapidly. Part of effective conservation efforts out there involve taking the information we have about the causes of those diseases. With that information efforts can be made to prevent the process from repeating itself again and again. This is one part of conservation that can be hard to implement but is necessary to keep population levels in check.
Fox conservation efforts also involve limiting hunting. In some areas it is necessary to keep the population from getting out of control. Programs to effectively count the number of fox and to release a given number of hunting tags for them is a great program. Those that hunt illegally without such a tag will be subject to harsh fines and penalties. Getting strict laws in place to enforce those types of penalties though need to be pushed harder.
One aspect of fox conservation that has been a success is reducing the number of people wearing the fur coats made from them. They aren’t hunted for that purpose as much as in the past for that reason. In fact, it is now considered unethical in many areas of society to wear one. In the past, it was considered elegant and a sign of social status to have a lovely fox fur coat.
The biggest need though for the fox when it comes to conservation is ensuring they do have a place to live. They can live in a variety of habitats but the fact that humans continually move in and take over that land is a problem just about everywhere except where the Arctic Fox lives.
Finding a balance for humans so that their desires are met but the fox won’t be out of a home has proven to be very difficult for the fox conservation efforts. The fact the fox numbers aren’t drastically low is a problem when it comes to getting land protected. In many instances the conservation efforts have to focus on other animals that are in more of a danger of extinction that share the same habitat. Taking that direction can be the environment protected for all animals that live there.