Help Keep The Fox Population Alive and Wild
Parks Canada would like to advise visitors and islanders that the seemingly kind activity of feeding foxes in Prince Edward Island National Park can be harmful and often leads to increased fox injury or death.
Feeding foxes will cause them to become habituated to humans and rely solely on humans for food. In some cases, young kits that are fed by humans may not develop the skills they need to hunt and succeed.
Once visitors leave PEI National Park, the foxes that have come to rely on handouts may become a nuisance to local residents and may cause damage. Furthermore, foxes fed along roadsides will often become injured or killed by vehicles because they are habituated to vehicles and frequent roads and parking areas.
While foxes are not aggressive animals, they are wild animals and could bite someone trying to feed them. Foxes also have the potential to carry and spread disease.
Visitors and residents can take action to help keep foxes and other wildlife “alive and wild” in PEI National Park by following these simple instructions: do not approach or entice wildlife, never leave food out for wildlife, and when driving, use caution and be prepared to avoid a collision at all times.
Parks Canada would like to remind visitors that it is illegal to feed, entice or disturb wildlife in PEI National Park. The minimum fine for feeding wildlife in PEI National Park is $220.
For more information about Parks Canada in PEI, please call us at (902) 566-7050 or visit us online at www.parkscanada.gc.ca/pei.