Concerns over foxes seen in trees
A GROUP of foxes are causing concern in part of St Leonard's.
There have been sightings of foxes sleeping up a tree in Abbeyville Close prompting fears they might be breeding.
Pet owners in the road are growing concerned and have called on Exeter City Council to take action.
One resident said: "A friend of mine saw the fox chase her cat. This was early in the morning and the cat rushed indoors when the fox came to the window.
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"A lot of us are very anxious about it.
"We went to look in the big tree in our garden and saw a fox asleep in it.
"We contacted our local councillor John Winterbottom as we felt there should not be foxes sleeping in trees in the city's housing estates.
"When we initially phoned the council they said they could not do anything about it. We were told we just need to accept that foxes are around.
"We do wonder if they are breeding as young foxes have been spotted. We wonder how many are running around here.
"We think the council are over tolerant of it and seem to think it is fine for foxes to live in the city alongside cats. But we don't want foxes so close to our homes and are concerned about the safety of our pets."
Local city councillor John Winterbottom said: "Some residents have contacted me to express concern about foxes seen in Abbeyville Close and I am trying to find out more about it. It is quite unusual and has not been a problem before but I would like an officer to go around and investigate."