I woke this morning to the sound of my husband yelling "There's something at the chooks". We bolted out the back, and there certainly was. A fox had been in our chookhouse, and had seized one of the girls, and was making off with her. We scared him away, and tried to comfort the chook. She died quickly.
Meanwhile, the fox was standing the other side of our paling fence, looking interested. Mr Puggle attempted to chase it away, but it just circled around the back, and jumped over the fence back into our yard. I went down with the other chooks near our house, planning to protect them (who knows how...) while my ferocious husband tracked the fox. This was complicated by the fact that both of us are short-sighted, and had rushed out without our glasses on.
While we were happy the chooks were safely away from the fox, there remained the problem of what to do with our new fox. Fortunately, we live in a wonderful city, and called for help with Canberra Connect.
Within an hour or so, a Parks and Conservation Ranger was on hand to remove our feral fox.
Foxes cause an enormous amount of damage to our native wildlife, and are considered a major feral pest in Australia.
What a morning!