Brethren Foxes with dogs

With spring, nature awakens and the wild animals will soon enjoy the addition of the family. The young live well hidden, but are otherwise quite helpless, and a dog romping around freely in the forest can mean early death for any young animal. The Office for Forests, Game and Fisheries therefore reminds that dogs must be on a leash in the forest from April 1st to July 15th and be under control at all times. The office also points out that foxes must not be fed.

Dogs need to run in nature regularly; physical exercise is necessary for their wellbeing. However, it should not be forgotten that all dogs, even the very small ones, have a hunting instinct and can therefore attack wild animals. Damage can be severe, especially in spring - during the breeding season of numerous species of mammals and birds, many of which breed near the ground. The young animals are often well hidden in the forest, but are easy to track down for dogs with their extremely well-developed sense of smell. Fox pups, fawns and young birds are unable to defend themselves or to flee and are therefore easy prey.

The leash is the only safe way to keep dogs from roaming undergrowth and thickets and thereby disturbing wildlife. The Office for Forests, Game and Fisheries therefore reminds all dog owners that their four-legged companions must be on a leash from April 1st to July 15th and also outside this period, must be under control at all times. The forest animals thank you for your consideration!

The Office for Forests, Game and Fisheries also informs that isolated cases of tularemia, also known as "rabbit plague", have emerged in recent years. If a dead rabbit is found, the ranger must be informed immediately; the dead animal should not be touched.

In addition, the office draws attention to the fact that dog and cat food should not be left next to the house where they can attract foxes. The office recommends feeding the pets specifically so that as little food remains as possible.