Last year it was reported that there had been a collapse in the Arctic fox stock in Hornstrandir nature reserve in the West Fjords. A multitude of animals were found dead and only a few cubs survived. However, now the fox stock seems to be recovering.
Mammalogist and ecologist Ester Rut Unnsteinsdóttir visited Hornvík in Hornstrandir recently, and described the situation there as totally different from last year, ruv.is reports.
“It was full of life, both foxes and birds and many animals running around, burrows were full and there were cubs all over the place,” she said.
Ester stated that there had also been more eggshells in cliffs than last year and that known nesting grounds were inhabited. Fluctuations in the number of foxes correspond to supply of food, she explained, pointing out that it remains to be seen how many cubs will survive.
Ester will travel to Hælavík, Hlöðuvík and Kjaransvík next weekend to study the situation among foxes there.