Foxes caught and caged at St Mark's Academy Mitcham over pupil safety fears

Wimbledon Guardian: A family of foxes has been caged at St Marks Academy A family of foxes has been caged at St Marks Academy

A Mitcham school has captured and caged foxes they believe to be a danger to pupils.

St Mark's Academy has contained the foxes on school grounds in preparation to shift them to another location.

Lisa Peterkin, headteacher, said: "We are currently in the process of humanely and legally relocating a small family of foxes recently found living on the school property. This is to prevent any of our students being bitten.

"We will then follow RSPCA guidelines on preventing foxes from returning to the academy by removing their access to food and shelter."

Neighbours have raised concerns about the treatment of the animals.

Petra Jones, who discovered the foxes caged by the basketball court, said: "Me and my neighbours have seen these foxes grow from cubs.

"The school needs to do more to protect their property not kill them."

Andrew Ross, business director at St Mark's Academy, said: "No animal is going to be shot, either at St Mark's, or under our care.

"We are a Church of England school and it is our policy to treat both humans and animals as sympathetically as possible."

The RSPCA said they could not comment on this specific case but said: "Wild animals such as foxes have very complex needs which are difficult to provide for in captive environments such as cages.

"We have received no complaints about foxes kept in cages at this location but urge anyone with any concerns to call us on 03001234 999 with the information so we can look into it and make sure these foxes are OK.

"We also have concerns about the keeping of animals in educational establishments without a clear learning objective and where the welfare of the animal may be compromised."

 

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11:23am Thu 23 Jan 14

bodon prifiz says...

It is very well known fact, when a statement says ''we will humanely relocate'' always means KILLING THEM!! Shame on St Marks Academy
It is very well known fact, when a statement says ''we will humanely relocate'' always means KILLING THEM!! Shame on St Marks Academy bodon prifiz
  • Score: 4

4:35pm Thu 23 Jan 14

pea jones says...

There is no humane re-location-the foxes will die.
Until I see the foxes I am not convinced that they haven't already been shot. I saw the poor fox clearly distressed caged no more than 2 feet from a path for all to see.
There is no humane re-location-the foxes will die. Until I see the foxes I am not convinced that they haven't already been shot. I saw the poor fox clearly distressed caged no more than 2 feet from a path for all to see. pea jones
  • Score: 5

8:26pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Dalila says...

for gods sake, what sort of woosie kids are we rearing, they should learn and respect the wildlife and nature, not be frightened and remove it, get a grip and remember, the wildlife was there, long before you, idiots!
for gods sake, what sort of woosie kids are we rearing, they should learn and respect the wildlife and nature, not be frightened and remove it, get a grip and remember, the wildlife was there, long before you, idiots! Dalila
  • Score: 13

10:24pm Thu 23 Jan 14

bb78177 says...

And here we go again, arrogant idiots who believe all this. Seriously go and do some investigating before you go shooting your mouth off at the Academy or any of it's staff. Why do people always believe the media, these kids were most likely abusing the animals (and knowing kids today they most likely would because it makes them look cool) and the school has had to protect the foxes and do everything they can from getting more unwanted abuse from these kids just because they become brave enough to stray further out during the day. I have nothing against the foxes but don't go and start believing everything you see in the media, learn both sides of the story.
And here we go again, arrogant idiots who believe all this. Seriously go and do some investigating before you go shooting your mouth off at the Academy or any of it's staff. Why do people always believe the media, these kids were most likely abusing the animals (and knowing kids today they most likely would because it makes them look cool) and the school has had to protect the foxes and do everything they can from getting more unwanted abuse from these kids just because they become brave enough to stray further out during the day. I have nothing against the foxes but don't go and start believing everything you see in the media, learn both sides of the story. bb78177
  • Score: 2

10:27pm Thu 23 Jan 14

bb78177 says...

bodon prifiz wrote:
It is very well known fact, when a statement says ''we will humanely relocate'' always means KILLING THEM!! Shame on St Marks Academy
Who's fault is that, it's almost always the company dealing with it because it's cheaper for the company to do. How dare you assume the Academy would give them permission to kill them, shame on you for believing everything you read in the media and jumping to conclusion. I'm only 17 but I fear that I have way more maturity to this then you do.
[quote][p][bold]bodon prifiz[/bold] wrote: It is very well known fact, when a statement says ''we will humanely relocate'' always means KILLING THEM!! Shame on St Marks Academy[/p][/quote]Who's fault is that, it's almost always the company dealing with it because it's cheaper for the company to do. How dare you assume the Academy would give them permission to kill them, shame on you for believing everything you read in the media and jumping to conclusion. I'm only 17 but I fear that I have way more maturity to this then you do. bb78177
  • Score: -3

12:21pm Fri 24 Jan 14

tjames says...

if the rspca is involved they will be killed--its what the rspca does
if the rspca is involved they will be killed--its what the rspca does tjames
  • Score: 2

1:47pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Cubbage says...

These folk need to get educated about foxes. 'Pest control' is a con. What they don't tell you is that other foxes will fill the vacant territory within a matter of days. And foxes are NOT dangerous. Greater London has a permanent population of 5,000. Are they mowing people down on a daily basis?
These folk need to get educated about foxes. 'Pest control' is a con. What they don't tell you is that other foxes will fill the vacant territory within a matter of days. And foxes are NOT dangerous. Greater London has a permanent population of 5,000. Are they mowing people down on a daily basis? Cubbage
  • Score: 7

4:43pm Mon 27 Jan 14

WildMike says...

St Mark's need to go back to school and learn a little about ecology. "No animal will be shot". But they will probably die...our of sight and out of mind? The foxes, probably already pregnant vixens, will be moved into other foxes' territories where they will have to fight to establish a territory or be moved on until they find a vacant one. This may mean travelling 10s or even 100s of kms over several weeks (as recently shown on Winterwatch a displaced fox walked 315km!). Traveling across unfamiliar land and roads dramatically increases their risk of being run over or starving. They will not have access to safe earths for shelter and to give birth in and will no knowledge of food sources to be able to feed their cubs. All to achieve what precisely?
Foxes represent virtually no danger to the children. Other risks (e.g. from local dogs) are vastly greater. The vacant fox territory at the school will not be vacant long and will be re-occupied within a few months. Will the school then waste more money on yet more 'humane' control? Why not use those funds to teach respect for our wonderful wildlife instead?
St Mark's need to go back to school and learn a little about ecology. "No animal will be shot". But they will probably die...our of sight and out of mind? The foxes, probably already pregnant vixens, will be moved into other foxes' territories where they will have to fight to establish a territory or be moved on until they find a vacant one. This may mean travelling 10s or even 100s of kms over several weeks (as recently shown on Winterwatch a displaced fox walked 315km!). Traveling across unfamiliar land and roads dramatically increases their risk of being run over or starving. They will not have access to safe earths for shelter and to give birth in and will no knowledge of food sources to be able to feed their cubs. All to achieve what precisely? Foxes represent virtually no danger to the children. Other risks (e.g. from local dogs) are vastly greater. The vacant fox territory at the school will not be vacant long and will be re-occupied within a few months. Will the school then waste more money on yet more 'humane' control? Why not use those funds to teach respect for our wonderful wildlife instead? WildMike
  • Score: 8

7:51pm Mon 27 Jan 14

TallyBell says...

I think the people who run this school should contact Wildlife Aid and book one of our speakers to talk to the pupils about wildlife.
I think the people who run this school should contact Wildlife Aid and book one of our speakers to talk to the pupils about wildlife. TallyBell
  • Score: 2

12:39pm Sat 1 Feb 14

alroutemaster says...

I live opposite and feed loads of local foxes. The only danger to local residents of Eastfields comes from the pupils of this academy, not the foxes.....
I live opposite and feed loads of local foxes. The only danger to local residents of Eastfields comes from the pupils of this academy, not the foxes..... alroutemaster
  • Score: 3

7:15pm Mon 3 Feb 14

alroutemaster says...

I am totally disgusted by this action by this second rate so called academy. Perhaps they can now look forward to their pupils being bitten by the rats scavenging at the bus stops where their pupils throw their takeaway chicken meals. After all, less foxes means more rats. "My" foxes have virtually cleared the rats from my garden opposite and they appreciate the extra food I put out for them. Teach respect for wildlife St. Marks, you are at no risk of being attacked by the foxes, they are almost **** cats!
I am totally disgusted by this action by this second rate so called academy. Perhaps they can now look forward to their pupils being bitten by the rats scavenging at the bus stops where their pupils throw their takeaway chicken meals. After all, less foxes means more rats. "My" foxes have virtually cleared the rats from my garden opposite and they appreciate the extra food I put out for them. Teach respect for wildlife St. Marks, you are at no risk of being attacked by the foxes, they are almost **** cats! alroutemaster
  • Score: 0

7:16pm Mon 3 Feb 14

alroutemaster says...

Err, I can't say p*ssy cats?
Err, I can't say p*ssy cats? alroutemaster
  • Score: -1

9:56pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Merton pork says...

If they are not goi gto keep them in a cage forever and they are not going to kill then, they had better not release them near my garden.
If they are not goi gto keep them in a cage forever and they are not going to kill then, they had better not release them near my garden. Merton pork
  • Score: -2

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