Fox Control Community Update

Published on 5 June 2018

The City of Kalamunda’s fox control program remains on hold after the City requested the Contractor to remove all traps whilst an investigation into a report that a dog was caught in a trap in Mundy Regional Reserve.

The City is concluding its investigation. The City understands 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.

The fox traps are not installed on walking paths. They can be installed in locations where there are signs of fox activity which may look like animal tracks.

CEO Rhonda Hardy said, “Traps were programmed to be out between now and early July. However, at this point the current program is on hold, whilst the investigation is completed. Recent events have raised the profile of fox control in the community, with varying views on how such programs should be undertaken. The City welcomes the healthy debate on this topic.”

“There are currently no traps in any City of Kalamunda Reserves. The City has asked the Kalamunda Environmental Advisory Committee to provide a recommendation on how the program should move forward.”

“The City will also be undertaking community engagement to allow community input into future programs, a survey will be launched on our engagement platform over the coming weeks, asking community members to give their views on fox control in the City. Information about available control options, their advantages, disadvantages and limitations in an urban setting will be presented for consideration, for example the City is not authorised to use 1080 baiting and this itself is also dangerous to other animals.”

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 these 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.

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 individuals.

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 traps and den destruction.

At this point no further trapping is taking place whilst a review of fox control methodology is undertaken.

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