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No escape for fox who tried to find refuge in tree at Wexford hunt
03 April 2015

A fox who tried to find refuge in a tree during a hunt was driven out its branches and back into the path of a pack of hounds for a 50 minute chase.

According to a report in the Irish Field: "At Ballymore, hounds marked a fox in a tree. Budding mountain climber Michael ‘Mouse’ Murphy decided to investigate and, as he was climbing the tree, the fox passed him out on the way down and gave hounds a great run for over 50 minutes."

Details of the fate of this particular fox are not given but typically, foxes suffer an horrific end. Chased to exhaustion, they are knocked off their feet, bitten, disembowelled and torn apart.

The 27 February 2015 report, which focuses on the Gorey-based Island Hunt, refers to another persecuted fox - "Hounds found a fox off Marchelstown Road and ran on into Letts of Hollyford. They hunted around the extensive covert but could not get him away and eventually marked him to ground."

Later, a "well-conditioned fox slipped across the road" with the pack of hounds in pursuit. "What a sound they made screaming away so fast one can only imagine what they would be like with any bit of decent scent - they must be nearly impossible to keep pace with," the report states. "The fox headed on and over the cross-country course at Liam Griffin’s Monart Spa Hotel. Griffin is remembered best as the trainer of the Wexford hurling team but he also hunted for years with the Killinick Harriers. His son Niall is an international event rider. The huntsman and the followers could not get through the electric gates at the yard but Dwyer skirted the headland and sailed over a high tensile fence to reach the small wood where hounds were marking the fox to ground..."

The severe pressure on the fox population from all angles is conveyed, with a reference to the mounted hunters spotting a group of shooters approaching a fox covert carrying shotguns.


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