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Could a fox bother full grown sheep?

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    We have 60 sheep spread out over two fields with the gate open between the two. This morning they were spread evenly with roughly half the sheep in each field.

    I went out earlier and they were all in the one field and huddled closely together like they had been rounded up. After half an hour or so they wandered off to where they had been earlier.

    There were no dogs out so I can only assume a fox? 

    Would sheep be bothered by a fox?

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    The sheep will give you hint as to where the fox may be in the field. They often just stand and stair in the general direction of a Fox, not always the case but always worth a peep. 

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    12 minutes ago, Dougy said:

    The sheep will give you hint as to where the fox may be in the field. They often just stand and stair in the general direction of a Fox, not always the case but always worth a peep. 

    I agree with the above. Many a time, sheep have given me the direction of a fox when I've been using my NV.

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    I’ve shot loads of foxes as they have made there way thru sheep, as dougy says they mostly just stare at the fox but I have seen sheep spooked by foxes and all run, it only takes one sheep to run and the rest follow..

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    Sheep are stupid animals and quite often congregate together in the corner of a field even when they have access to more than one. I've never known ewe's particularly bothered by a fox.

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    Ive seen sheep run from a black sheep, or a low flying jet, even a low flying black jet,  it sometimes only takes one to get spooked and the rest follow

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    Lamped a fox 1 nite...lit him up at edge of field off he walked into middle of flock of sheep and off they walked across the field with foxy safe in the middle.....you could have made it up.....lol

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    10 hours ago, rovercoupe said:

    Any welsh people moved into the area recently?

    There's one or two round here. I live in Wales. :lol:

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    I used to fish Thornton Steward near bedale in north yorkshire , there was always sheep grazing it. This day they stopped grazing ,and all lined up and walked all way around it one behind each other must have been over 50 of them . I looked at me pal, he just shuck his head. We stood and watched , it was like they had gone for an evening stroll.  Anyways they got back to were they started , split up and started eating again .explains why you see these tracks in some fields .

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    About 5 years ago i had 2 ewe's pulled down and killed by fox's farmer saw the second one as we thought the first was dogs...

    Very smart fox took some getting but after sitting out for him for 4 nights with nv he slipped up and i got a big dog fox..

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    Never seem one in this area defiantly charlie farmer saw it chasing it ...

    but it had killed it before she could get there..

     

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    Watched 2 foxes pull a ewe down on the mountain back home outside fishguard. 1on it's neck the other the back leg. Was amazing to see them work together, never heard of them in those parts do that. 

    Btw I was at distance, no rifle and was dusk. I did get 4 later that night in that field and next door lamping. Not amazingly large either. Wasn't lambing it was mid summer but it could of been ill/weak as that farmer had disgusting care/duty to his stock. Always carcasses in his fields. 

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