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Foxes Cause Trouble in Outdoor Recreational Area

The number of foxes in Heidmörk, a popular outdoor recreational area outside Reykjavík, has been increasing since 1990 and they are partly held responsible for the decreasing number of graylag geese in the area.

Pest controller for Reykjavík Gudmundur Björnsson told Morgunbladid that foxes have also been spotted near city limits.

“But I don’t think there is any danger that they will come into the city and make lairs in houses like has happened in other countries,” Björnsson said. “And people hiking in Heidmörk are not in any danger; foxes are afraid of humans and disappear the moment they see hikers.”

Foxes do, however, steal eggs from graylag nests and bury them in the ground. They have also been spotted killing chicks and even rabbits. In Heidmörk, foxes browse through the trash cans and feast on barbecue leftovers.

Pest controllers believe there are three fox lairs between Heidmörk and Mt. Bláfjöll, the Reykjavík ski resort. Five foxes were killed there last winter, and in the entire greater capital region, 20 animals were killed.

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