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Exotic mammals introduced to Victoria in the 1870s, red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) have been recorded in Melbourne since the 1930s and are well known as pests and predators of domestic poultry. Breeding populations are common in inner suburbs and parks, though presently absent from some industrial and high-density residential areas. Foxes typically shelter during the day in thick vegetation or beneath buildings. Peak activity occurs at night, as they forage for a wide range of foods including possums, insects, birds and edible rubbish.

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