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Red foxes reappear in Lebanon

Red foxes reappear in Lebanon

Despite the beauty of his fur, this type of hair remains foxes Very hated by poultry breeders and pets, and a strong feud with dogs.

The expert and environmental activist in LebanonGeorge Akl, the red fox by his scientific name “Vulpes vulpes”He told Sky News Arabia: “This animal, which has always been mentioned in heritage and children’s stories, is distinguished by its effective role in preserving the ecosystem, especially as it is prevalent in most natural environments, including our Arab world.”

He added: “As for Lebanon, it is abundant in natural sites, such as reserves (K .).Barouk Cedar Reserve The largest natural reserves in the country), forests, and mountain pastures, and one of its most prominent characteristics is the speed of adaptation to its biosphere in which it is located, especially near human settlements from villages and suburbs of cities and on the edge of random landfills, due to the food it provides.

He went on to explain that red fox “It feeds mainly on small rodents of mice, rabbits, insects and reptiles, as well as fruits and wild plants, which contributes to reducing the spread of agricultural pests and infectious epidemics.”

Akl continued: “Red foxes have many benefits, as they limit the infestation of rodents and insects, and mainly contribute to securing the required natural balance, thus reducing the use of pesticides and toxins, which in turn pollute the natural environment and threaten the ecological environment, and thus human health.”

And the environmental expert went on: “The red fox and jackals in Lebanon are among the most widespread mammals in the wild ecosystems and agricultural areas, especially since there is no natural enemy, other than humans, to capture it, which explains the phenomenon of its widespread spread among fields and orchards and near random dumps, and pushes it To avoid direct contact with Jackal“.

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Akl noted that the red fox in Lebanon is “classified among the animals that are not allowed to be hunted,” adding: “In order to avoid falling prey to the fishermen, we see it active in the evening, especially in populated areas illuminated by electric lamps.”

He also explained that “its survival in the wild nature exposes it to its demise, especially in light of the repeated violations of ecosystems, which constitute the natural habitats for its existence and contribute to the absence of its pivotal role in controlling environmental imbalances, within living ecosystems.”

The red fox and the Arabian red live in Lebanon, and they can be distinguished by their structure, the latter being slender and have large ears, a smaller, tapering head, and less dense fur on the body and tail.

An increase in sightings of the Arab red fox has been observed in southern Lebanon, according to the documentation of the “Southern Greens” association. It is likely that this is mainly due to climatic changes and the decline of habitats, and the repercussions of this on the behavior of foxes.

This raises a question about the change and transition of foxes to new habitats in general, knowing that the fox showed a great ability to adapt to changes in its surroundings, which explains its wide spread..