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Bristol fox expert allays attack fears

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A scientist who has studied foxes in Bristol for more than 30 years says people should not be worried about the possibility of the animals attacking them.

Professor Stephen Harris's advice comes in the wake of two recent attacks by foxes on children.

The expert on mammals, who is based at the University of Bristol, says people are far more likely to be attacked by a pet cat or dog than a fox.

"Children are killed by dogs every year," he said.

"[Attacks by foxes are] a rare event and so I don't think we should start panicking.

"I wouldn't start changing my attitude to foxes."

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