According to tonight's issue of the Evening Standard a spokesman for the Mayor has agreed to meet the family and raise the question of a cull with the Department of the Environment. He is quoted as saying that Borough leaders should "take a firm lead in assessing what action is needed to tackle growing concern about urban foxes".
There are estimated to be upwards of 30,000 foxes living in the London area amongst several million people yet such attacks are quite rare. In contrast the Daily Telegraph (9th August 2012)reported that:
There were almost 6,450 hospital admissions for dog bites and attacks in the year to April 2012, up from 4,611 four years earlier.
Around one in six hospital admissions following an attack by a dog involved a child under 10. They were most likely to suffer serious facial injuries requiring plastic surgery, the data shows.
No one is of course calling for a cull of dogs in London, or anywhere else for that matter despite the fact it is much more of a problem.
The New Scientist (13th February 2013) reports that:
Full article at: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23167-culling-urban-foxes-just-doesnt-work.html
Urban city dwellers (and mankind in general must learn to live alongside wildlife. Killing every animal of a particular species whenever there is an incident is nit the solution. Simple measures should be taken by householders to ensure that children are kept safe. Foxes are not the problem. Dogs are more likely to attack your child than any kind of wild animal.
Say no to the opportunist politicians who simply join on the bandwagon and learn to respect wildlife.