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Wicklow Mountains National Park

Fox, Madra Rua, Vulpes vulpes

Foxes are common in the Park but are mainly nocturnal. While walking in the Park you may come across the remains of a fox-kill. A musky smell would confirm the recent prescence of a fox.

Foxes can live in any habitat, as they are opportunists and not over-specialised for any particular lifestyle, hence they are very successful. They are primarily carnivores, with a range of hunting and foraging techniques. They are famous for pouncing on mice, but will eat rabbits, young hares, brown rats, beetles, earthworms and eggs. Foxes are monogamous and rarely live beyond 4 years in the wild.