Are foxes a risk to humans and pets?

In the past few years there have been some reports of attacks on children. Thankfully these are extremely rare. Statistically, the risk that foxes pose is very small indeed. The risk from dangerous dogs is far greater.

Foxes pose little danger to cats but, like any other dog, foxes will chase cats. Foxes will scavenge the remains of dead cats, but actual evidence of them killing cats is extremely rare.

Small pets, like rabbits and guinea pigs can be taken by foxes. They need to be securely housed to ensure foxes cannot get access to them. Most wire pens are not robust enough to deter a determined fox. Foxes also eat rats and other rodents which helps to keep those pests down.