Un prédateur parasite, Maître Renard


fr Anthropozoologica 21 - Pages 239-244

Published on 01 November 1995

This article is a part of the thematic issue Animal in man's space, man in the animal space. Proceedings of the 5th international meeting of HASRI, Genova, 23-25 November 1994

A prey parasite, Reynard the fox

In the story of Reynard the Fox, from La Fontaine, Aristotle and to contemporary hunters, each accuses the fox as: cunning, without faith or law, he stinks, his fur is russet, he is the devil. Man cannot endure this rival in the wild space he thinks he controls. Worse, the fox lives the wild space to which he is assigned to invade the space man has reservedfor his own use and that of the dornestic animals he controls. Literature attributes to him the subversive role of not staying in his place. Fear of nature does the rest. The fox is dangerous and impudent: he should disappear.


Fox, Territory, Domestic, Wild.

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