Fox Control To be undertaken in July

Published on 2 July 2018
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The City of Kalamunda will be undertaking further fox control in July 2018, following recommendations from the Kalamunda Environmental Advisory Committee being endorsed by Council.

CEO Rhonda Hardy said, “The control of foxes and feral cats is an important part of the protection of local biodiversity and domestic animals. Foxes are highly mobile and can travel up to 10km per night, demonstrating a significant impact across a wide range by a few individual foxes.”

“Fox trapping will commence for a period of 7 – 14 days from the 23 July 2018 at Hill Street Reserve designated as Gooseberry Hill Recreation Reserve, Gooseberry Hill, Hartfield Park Reserve, Forrestfield -  in the bushland adjacent to Tonkin Highway, Smokebush Place Reserve, High Wycombe, Maida Vale Reserve, Maida Vale and Brine Moran Reserve, Kalamunda.”

Predation on native fauna such as bandicoots, possums and other species has caused a decline in these species across metropolitan Perth. Meaningful reductions in numbers of foxes is readily achieved through the effective use of soft catch jawed traps and den destruction.

“Signage will be installed at the sites prior to the commencement of trapping to further raise awareness of the upcoming program, at entry points and inside reserves that trapping is taking place. It is important that residents adhere to all signage.”

The City has in place site monitoring to determine fox activities in reserves and we have received several complaints regarding chicken and rabbit predation by feral foxes in the district. The program targets those areas where fox predation and hiding is known. In some areas, professional trackers find scats and tracks of foxes, in other locations we have filmed the foxes by remote cameras.

View information about available control options, their advantages, disadvantages and limitations in an urban setting.

The City of Kalamunda’s fox control program was put on hold earlier this month, whilst an investigation into a report that a dog was caught in a trap in Mundy Regional Park took place. The trap in question had been set in Brine Moran Reserve. Signage was installed on the site. It is important to note dogs must be on a lead and cats should be contained within their owner’s properties when such activities are being undertaken.

 

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